Philipsburg Boro considers request to host circus
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
PHILIPSBURG - Could the circus be coming to town? The possibility was brought up at last night's Philipsburg Borough Council meeting, as they have been contacted about hosting one. Borough Manager Joel Watson read a letter from Lewis & Clark Circus, saying they would like to come to the borough on July 11 to perform. The letter stated they were specifically looking to perform at the Project 70 soccer fields, but would gladly perform at any location the borough sees fit.
The circus would need a space that's 100 feet by 100 feet, and access to water for the animals. Shows would be held at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that night, and the tent would be gone by the end of the night.
One big conflict was immediately brought up regarding the date, which would conflict with the town's Heritage Days celebration. Council Member Harry Wood, who is also a part of the Heritage Days Committee, said the purpose of Heritage Days is to focus on the downtown area. By having a circus at the soccer fields, it would draw attention away from the downtown celebration. Council Member John Knowles agreed.