Written By: Shardaa Gray
Tomahawk - The circus doesn’t come to tour often in the Northwoods.
Rhinelander, WI--But there’s one here now and it’s in Tomahawk.
"I really think that this town has a chance to come out and be a part of such magic." said Carson and Barnes Promoter, Jacque Hollander.
Carson and Barnes Circus is the largest big top traveling circus on the road.
They’ve been traveling around the United States for 77 years. For the first time, they’ve made their way to the Northwoods in Tomahawk.
"We average about 18 different states a year and so we’re just happy to be in Wisconsin this year." Office Manager, Kristin Para said.
They show case elephants, clowns, trapeze, juggling acts and body weight lifting.
Promoter Jacque Hollanders says they’re still in business because of the magical effect from watching the show.
"That’s what we want to do. Make families happy, see children happy, reach out and touch people," said Hollander.
"Try to make a difference in the world by the preservation of elephants."
Elephants might be a big attraction when it comes to circus, but they’re no longer allowed in the united states.
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is the one that put the law into effect. And I honestly don’t know why the law was put into effect," Para said.
"What it’s doing is basically putting extension in North America that much quicker."
Right before the law stopped importing elephants in 1972, Kristin’s grandfather bought 25 elephants.
They now keep the retired elephants in a facility called the Endangered Arch.
"It’s a place where they, we know that they will be safe and can stay there the rest of their life without any worries." said Para.
They want to make people aware and the way they’re doing it is by a song.
A family fun event for all ages.