The Culpepper and Merriweather Circus comes to Creighton next weekend. Skeeter the clown visited the Creighton Public Library and the swimming pool on Wednesday in anticipation for the big top’s visit.
The show will feature a brother-sister pair of Siberian golden tabby tigers and a Black Mane African Lion weighing in at two pounds shy of 500 pounds, as well as a team of American Eskimo dogs. An unlikely pair of friends, a bresian shire mixed breed stallion and an under 26-inch miniature horse will complete a routine with only voice commands from the trainer.
Comedy, acrobatic and balancing acts are part of the 90 minute show.
“What makes this circus different, is we are families performing for families,” said Skeeter. “We are very proud of what we do and we want to give a good performance every place we go.”
Eleventh, ninth and third generation circus performing families make up the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus. The group is based out of Hugo, OK, also known as Circus City USA.
“It’s something we are bringing to town for the kids. Adults are going to enjoy it also,” said Creighton Area Chamber of Commerce president Cory Frisch.
Guests are invited to watch the big top be raised at 9:30 a.m. and stay for a free tour. A meet-and-greet with the performers will be held during the tour as they prepare for the day. The public can meet the animals up-close and learn about their routine and care. Showtimes on Saturday, July 27, are at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Advanced tickets can be purchased at Gragert’s Grocery Store, C-Mart, 59 Express, or by contacting chamber secretary Jennifer Ebel.