The Carson & Barnes Circus will be in Delavan on Sunday, July 28, for a performance at the Lake Lawn Resort airport. The event will be the highlight of Delavan’s Heritage Fest, to be held July 25 through July 28.
By CSI STAFF
Thursday, July 11, 2013
DELAVAN — The Friends of Phoenix Park Bandshell, Delavan Business Association, the historic society and La Rasa will sponsor Heritage Fest from July 25 through July 28 in Delavan.
Heritage Fest will be a celebration of the cultural and historical people and events that made the Delavan community unique. The event will include music, art, food and fun activities from around the world representing the various cultures that have settled here. There will be tours of some of the historic sites around town.
The grand finale will be a return of the circus after a 10-year absence. The Carson & Barnes Circus will perform Sunday at the Lake Lawn Resort airport.
Long known as a town with a rich circus history, Delavan was the place chosen as winter quarters by a number of circuses, including the Mabie Brothers' U.S. Olympic CIrcus--at the time in 1847, America's largest traveling show. Delavan was also the place where P.T. Barnum's "Greatest Show on Earth" got its start. More than 250 circus colony members are buried in Delavan.
There will be a circus camp for kids on Thursday and Friday at the library. On Saturday be sure to stop by Tower Park to see Clown Alley -- another great activity for the kids.
While the sponsoring groups have set up a lineup of performers, they are looking for others in the community who would like to share their own heritage by bringing in ethnic foods to sell and artifacts to display.