Cole Bros. Circus Moves from Devon to VFMA
The self-proclaimed "world's largest circus under the big top" will move from the Devon Horse Show Grounds to the grounds of Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne this summer.
By Bob Byrne
August 18, 2012
The Cole Brothers Circus is coming back to the Tredyffrin-Easttown area, but it will set up shop at a new location this summer.
The tented circus will run for two days, Monday and Tuesday Agust 27-28 on the grounds of Valley Forge Military Academy and College. Shows are scheduled each day at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.. Last year, the travelling circus was at the Devon Horse Show Grounds.
It's not clear why the circus is moving to a new location during its Upper Main Line visit this year. A number of factors play in to where the circus pitches its unique tent (which features no poles that obstruct the audiences view). During last year's run at Devon, Circus President and CEO John Pugh told Patch that local sponsors and venue schedules are often factors in determining where the circus schedules its shows.
The Devon Horse Show completely overhauled the practice oval since the circus played there last year. The rennovations were paid for with a gift from the Devon Horse Show Foundation.
The Horse Show is also staging its own show just a few weeks later. The horse show uses the same space. The Devon Fall Classic is set for Septermber 13-16 just a little over two weeks after the circus leaves town.
Last year's circus brought thousands of people to the Devon Horse Show grounds as well as a handful of animal rights protestors who have become commonplace fixtures outside many circuses, regardless of the venue.
Tickets and information about the circus shows at Valley Forge Military Academy are available on the Cole Brothers Circus website.