06 June 2013
SANATOGA PA – The circus is coming back to town.
The South Carolina-based Lewis and Clark Circus, which last appeared in Sanatoga during 2010 and was forced by bad weather to cancel a return visit in 2011, will be the guest of the Sanatoga Fire Company for big-top shows on June 20-21 (2013; Thursday and Friday), accompanied by rides and other entertainment. The fire company is sponsoring its performances as a fund-raiser, President Don Woodley Jr. said Tuesday (June 4).
Shows will be offered at 5 and 7:30 p.m. each night on the lot behind the firehouse, 2222 E. High St., and all children age 14 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-purchasing adult. Adult tickets cost $10 in advance and can be bought at the firehouse on Monday and Thursday evenings: June 6, 10, 13, and 17. The same tickets purchased on show days will cost $15, Woodley said.
The circus’ performers and its management know Sanatoga well. Lewis and Clark staged shows outside Sunnybrook Ballroom during June 2009 and 2010, and were scheduled to arrive for two days at the fire company property during 2011. Firefighters had invested heavily to promote its appearance.
Only days before those performances, however, a wind storm struck Seward PA – just north of Johnstown – where the circus was running on behalf of that village’s fire company. Five people, including three children, were accidentally injured when the wind collapsed the giant-sized red-and-yellow tent, trapping them and others inside. Wind speed at the height of the storm, which also included hail in some places, was estimated to exceed 60 mph.
Management acknowledged it would be unable to meet its 2011 commitment in Sanatoga, and the fire company could not schedule for 2012, Woodley said. This year, however, the circus made contact and set a date.