By Dana Grant, SAFE Harbor 

RONAN — Family fun is on the schedule June 22 at the Lake County Fairgrounds as the circus and carnival come to town.  Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus will be presenting their entertaining show, with two scheduled performances at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. SAFE Harbor is hosting the event, along with a carnival that will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This will be the third time SAFE Harbor has sponsored the day, which is focused on family, laughter and fun. The carnival will include games, a bouncy house, clowns, crafts and lots of yummy treats.  

Now in its 34th edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program. Bring friends and family out for circus morning to watch as the Lake County Fairgrounds in Ronan are transformed into a bustling Circus City. 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 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 and Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the Circus Family. In this presentation, the staff will address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care. all 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 and Merriweather Circus Family. This is a special part of Circus Day that should not be missed! 

On circus day, performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute performance. This year’s lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers that include: Miss Simone and her breath taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “ Big and Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Natalie’s Escapades, Miss Georgia displaying flexibility to the extreme and for the first time, the Wheel of Destiny and Tight Rope by The Perez Family. But, let’s not forget the performing Jungle Cats, Soloman, Delilah and Francis, presented by Mr. Trey Key that will certainly have the audience on the edge of their seats! All accompanied by original music composed by the talented, Matt Margucci from Los Angeles, California. These performers are sure to amaze, delight and entertain the audience members of all ages beyond one’s wildest imagination. 

The costumes alone are certainly of Las Vegas quality. For more information visit the circus FaceBook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons. For a direct link go to and click on the FaceBook link. SAVE MONEY by purchasing tickets in advance at the following locations: Harvest Foods in Ronan and Super One Foods in Polson. Prices for advance tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for seniors (65 and over) and children ages 2 to 12, children under 2 are always free. On show day tickets will be $15 for adults and $8 for seniors/children. Purchase tickets early and save.  Carnival entrance is free with inexpensive fees for the various games and activities.

For more information call 240-0640.

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