Westport welcomes circus this Sunday
Brent Brown Daily News
Greensburg Daily News
April 29, 2014
Contributed Photo Clowns, as always, will be part of this weekend's Culpepper & Merriweather Circus in Westport. Seen here is Skeeter the Clown, an accomplished performer who has visited Westport in recent years.
By Brent Brown--Daily News
From: Greensburg Daily News
April 29, 2014
WESTPORT – Clowns, exotic animals and all manner of family fun head to Westport this weekend as the famous Culpepper & Merriweather Circus makes its return to Decatur County.
Organizers have promised a memorable time under the Big Top with a pair of performances at the Westport Community Building ball field. The first begins at 2 p.m. Sunday and will be followed by an encore at 4:30 p.m.
The midway box office opens at 1 p.m. Each show will last approximately 90 minutes.
Exotic animals and other family-friendly attractions will visit Westport Sunday when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus brings its Big Top to the small Decatur County community.
The spring show is one of four events brought to the small southwestern Decatur County community courtesy of the Westport Business Association (WBA).
That organization’s public relations officer, Sandra Cunningham-Billieu, said proceeds from the event will go back into the Business Association’s coffer and used for other Westport events. Those include the Covered Bridge Festival in the summer; fall’s healthy fair in partnership with Decatur County Memorial Hospital, and Santa’s Village each Christmas.
“All the money we make we end up putting back into the community,” Cunningham-Billieu said. “We just like to support the businesses that are here, do what we can to help them succeed, and to broaden what we have.”
Sunday’s circus intends to keep the small community’s local flair while also offering the spectacle that typically accompanies such an event. Cunningham-Billieu said some Westport residents will serve as Promotional materials promise trapeze artists, tight rope walkers, a group of unicyclists and live animal acts.
Children will be offered pony rides before and after the action gets underway beneath the famous circus tent. There will also be a free tent-raising at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a free tour. This tour will feature performers and allow guests to learn a bit about the history of the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus.
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