The circus is coming to town.
Carson and Barnes Circus, the largest traveling big top tent circus in America, will be in Upper Sandusky on Friday for two shows at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds. The Wyandot County Red Cross is sponsoring both the 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. shows to help raise funds for its ongoing operations.
“In a time when entertainment choices come and go with the click of a remote, the circus, looking backward to its storied past and forward toward its exciting future, is something constant,” said Todd James, executive director of the Red Cross of Wyandot and Hancock counties.
In its 76th consecutive year touring the U.S., the Carson and Barnes Circus will roll into Upper Sandusky early Friday morning. The public is invited to come out that morning to watch the circus set up for its two shows, which will include elephants, a pigmy hippo and more. James said circus officials have not said what time set up will begin.
“Everyone, including the scores of circus fans who come out to watch, will be part of a tradition of family entertainment that has crisscrossed America, bringing thrills, excitement and laughter to millions for two centuries,” James said.
Advance tickets now are on sale at Commercial Savings Bank in Upper Sandusky and Carey, as well as A&A Grocery in Upper Sandusky and the Upper Sandusky and Carey area chambers of commerce. Tickets also are available online at www.bigtopshow.com. Admission is $14 per adult and $6 per child in advance and $16 per adult and $8 per child at the gate. There is a $1.50 per ticket convenience charge when buying online. Discount coupons also are available on the website, cutting the price of admission down to $10 per adult and $6 per child.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information about the Red Cross and its services, visit www.hancockredcross.org, like the local Red Cross Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hancockcountyredcross and follow on Twitter @HancockRedCross.
By CHANDA NEELY