Out of My Mind: Everyone loves the circus

I have fond memories of watching the Wenatchee Youth Circus when it used to come to town. As a kid it was one of the special events that remains in my memories today and I was disappointed that they did not come to town more often. While Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce president, I had the pleasure of helping to bring the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus to Oroville – an every-other-year tradition that was started by my predecessors.

Editorial Gary MugAs a chamber board member I’m happy we are able to offer this opportunity to the kids in our area once again. It’s a great chance for families to share an hour and a half enjoying something together. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus will be coming to Oroville on Wednesday, June 10 at Oroville City Park between 17th and 19th streets. There are two scheduled performances at 5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

And the morning of the circus friends and family are invited by the circus to watch as the park is transformed into a bustling Circus City.

Culpepper & Merriweather describes it like this, “Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. come watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. This presentation offers a unique face-to- face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about our performers, the history of our show and the different species of animals in our Circus Family. In this presentation we will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all of our animals receive. In recent years the Tent Raising and Morning Tour has become a popular program for families and interested community members. It is presented in a way everyone, young and old can learn many interesting facts about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Family and now we have a brand new tent! This is a special part of Circus Day that should not be missed.”

Several businesses in Oroville and Tonasket have agreed to sell tickets again this year, including Oroville Pharmacy, The Camaray Motel, Prince’s Center and Tonasket Interiors. Those that buy tickets in advance save money too, especially on the adult tickets. In addition,m Chamber President Clyde Andrews wanted to remind folks that thanks to the generous contribution of local businesses, there are free children’s circus tickets available at the Camaray Motel for children who qualify for free or reduced lunches at school. No verification process required… just come and get them with your adult tickets.

While this is a fundraiser for the organization, I like to think of it as a way to give something back to the community – a family friendly event that will light up a child’s eyes and create some happy memories.