The Carson and Barnes Circus stopped at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds on Wednesday. (Jennifer Young Bower For The News-Messenger
FREMONT -- Going to the circus brings out the kid in everyone.While watching performers dangle from a trapeze, fly through the air or do tricks on the Wheels of Destiny, people stared in awe and wondered what was going to happen next.
The first act of the Carson and Barnes Circus was a woman who was pulled up about 35 feet into the air while holding onto a thick, long blue fabric connected to a disco ball. She performed several moves and hung upside down, secured by the blue fabric as she wrapped it around herself.
"I like all of it," Dennis Byers said. Byers was at the circus Wednesday with his granddaughter, 14-month-old Zoey Byers and her mom, Jamie Byers.
"It's all entertaining and it brings back your childhood," he said, noting Zoey fed animals at the petting zoo and even rode an elephant before the circus started.
Trevor and Felicia Boss and their son, Trevor Jr., enjoy the show. (Jennifer Young Bower For The News-Messenger)
The circus offered two shows, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.
The tent itself was impressive, standing about 50 feet and is 144 feet by 180 feet.
Kristen Hammer, of Fremont, said this was her first circus.
"I got to ride an elephant for the first time," she said.
Trevor Franks, 8, of Fremont, said he looked forward to seeing the camels.
This was the first circus for 3-year-old Jillian Greiner and 2-year-old Kendall Lamson, both of Clyde.
"They're excited to see the elephants," Kathy Olszewski said.
Another act included a girl who could dance with numerous Hula Hoops swirling around her.
A performer twirls more than a dozen Hula Hoops. (Jennifer Young Bower For The News-Messenger)
Of course, there were the traditional unicycle tricks. One man jumped rope and even juggled on the unicycle. He then rode a unicycle that was more than 10 feet high, with five stacked wheels.
There was a contortionist who fit his entire body into a small plastic box.
During the intermission, people could go to the petting zoo, buy peanuts or ride an elephant around the circus ring.
Joyce Alridge took her daughter, Jayla, on the elephant.
"It was fun and a little scary," Joyce said after the ride.
For the last act, elephants paraded around and stood on stools.