Circus is coming to the valley
Tina 'Skeeter' Bausch counts down how long Sylith Waltz can balance an ostrich feather to win a free ticket to the circus. Parker Swihart also won a ticket. / Dave Polcyn/News Journal
Written by: Ginnie Baker
May 13, 2014
BUTLER,OH — Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, the big top is going up in Butler for the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus.
The Butler Lions Club is bringing the circus back to Clear Fork for a second time. The last visit was in 2012.
“The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus was here two years ago and will be back, including the lions and tigers,” said Butler Lions Club President Gary Mathes. “The two owners, Simone and Trey, have a strong love for animals and own three rescue dogs and a rescue cat. They used the money for their honeymoon to provide radiation treatments for a tumor discovered in the cat. We’re pleased to be able to bring them back.”
Skeeter the Clown made appearances in advance of the circus at Bellville Elementary and Butler Elementary schools and at Clear Fork Christian Preschool.
The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will be at Butler Elementary grounds May 19 for two scheduled 90-minute performances at 5 and at 7:30 p.m.
The midway will be open at 4 p.m. with pony rides, a moon bounce and concessions.
The one-ring big top circus is in its 30th year and has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer and Nickelodeon’s Nick News.
On the morning of the circus, everyone is welcome to come out and watch as Butler is transformed into “Circus City.”
You’ll see the animals being unloaded and the big top being erected between 9:30 and 10 a.m., followed by a tour that gives everyone an opportunity to learn about the circus. The tour includes information on the care the animals receive, including grooming and veterinarian care.
It takes 40 employees, two dozen animals and a fleet of nearly twenty vehicles to bring the circus magic to life each day in a new community.
The tent weighs 3,600 pounds and is 120 feet long by 80 feet wide. It is 30 feet tall at its highest point and is divided into three sections.