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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 21, 2014

Circus returns to Washington

By David Hotle | Aug 05, 2013

Again this year, the Carson and Barnes circus will set up its big top in Washington for a day of events including trained animals, acrobats, daredevils, clowns and a petting zoo.
The circus will open its doors next Monday, Aug. 12. Shows will be held at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the Washington Chamber of Commerce office and at sponsoring businesses in town. A free children’s ticket is being given for every adult ticket purchased.
“We were a little surprised to bring the circus back this year,” Chamber director Michelle Peiffer said. “When we brought them last year we talked about bringing them back every other year. It really depends on their schedule and how they travel around the country. It turns out they are coming through our part of the country again this year and they were looking to have another experience here in our community. We really enjoyed having them last year, and we were glad to have the opportunity to bring them back.”
Peiffer said that about 1,000 people attended the shows last year. She said that the shows include trapeze acts, trained Asian elephants, and acrobatics. A free petting zoo is featured before each show. The circus members are also doing a free educational program for children in the morning as part of the tent raising. She said because it is the same circus as last year, people can expect the same quality of performances. This year, guest ringmasters include community members Jenisa Hanson and Faith Baptist Church youth minister Tony Widdle.
Much of the money from the shows will stay in the community, Peiffer said. She said that the shows are a fundraiser for the Chamber and that the circus use local providers for provisions, as well as working with the fairgrounds.

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