Circus returns next month

Candy Pugh and Linda Baar of the St. Maries Kiwanis invite residents to the Cullpepper and Merriweather Circus when it returns to St. Maries June 14.

St. Maries residents can take in a show as the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus returns to St. Maries June 14.

The St. Maries Kiwanis have sponsored the circus in St. Maries for more than 25 years. The smaller, family-owned operation travels to St. Maries every two years to put on a show for residents of all ages.

“The day the circus arrives, you can go and watch them put up the tent the old-fashioned way – with sledgehammers and ropes,” Candi Pugh said. “There’s often a couple of performers around who take children into the setup and show them around the show.”

Ms. Pugh said that between both showings, the circus can attract more than 1,000 people in one day.

Attractions at the circus are varied, and can include animal displays including a lion, acrobats, clowns and more. One of their attractions, Skeeter the Clown, will be in St. Maries the week before the show to visit with local day cares, Valley Vista residents and entertain students at Heyburn Elementary on the last day of school.

Children looking to see the event may also have a chance at seeing the show free of charge with an adult, thanks to the generosity of community members. In the weeks leading up to the show, local residents and businesses have purchased a number of children’s tickets for the show, donating them back to be handed out to attendees.

In fact, she said, this year the Kiwanis have received enough ticket donations that they are considering arranging a day-trip for Valley Vista residents to see the show – which Linda Baar said is well worth seeing.

“It’s something fun to see,” she said. “Their last performance, if it’s anything like last year, will be awesome. You’ll be amazed what two people can do on wheels.”

Tickets will be on sale at the Paperhouse, Banner Bank, St. Joe Valley Credit Union, P1FCU, Smoke Shop and Fernwood Merc. Costs are $7 for children and $12 for adults from Kiwanis members and $8 for children and $15 for adults at the gate.

A portion of all proceeds from ticket sales support the local Kiwanis, who use the funds for scholarships and local programs.

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