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Circus coming to Cedarville

A one-ring circus with shows, performers and fun for the entire family will be held Sunday, March 30, sponsored by the City of Cedarville.

While the final decision on location is being made today, First Baptist Church on Arkansas 59 in Cedarville is expected to play host to the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, said Cedarville Mayor Glenanna O’Mara.

CM Circus will hold two shows during the one-day event, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., O’Mara said.

Shows may include acrobatic and trapeze acts, Miss Carolyn’s Dog and Pony Revue, Miss Karina hula hoop act, clowns, and a menagerie of animal acts such as the circus’ performing camels.

No seat in the circus tent is further away than 40 feet from the ring, according to the CM Circus website. Bouncy houses, concessions and pony rides may be included in the event, O’Mara said.

“It’s a good, wholesome activity,” O’Mara said.

O’Mara wanted to bring the circus to Cedarville to provide an event opportunity that may be unique for some residents and children, she said. It also give kids a learning experience, she said.

“These people highly respect their animals,” O’Mara said. “It’s teaching in a fun way.”

Based in Hugo, Okla., CM Circus travels 32 weeks out of the year to bring its performances to small towns across the United States, according to its website.

A clown from the CM Circus will be in Cedarville a week before the event, either at the school or public library, to meet kids and talk about the circus.

Area residents will be able to purchase tickets at the door, but locations for early ticket sales are being determined, O’Mara said.

Early tickets will be $6 for kids ages 2-12, and $10 for adults. Tickets at the door will be $7 for kids and $13 for adults.

O’Mara is also looking for sponsors to purchase tickets for kids whose families can’t afford it, she said.

“We’re very excited about being able to bring this event to Cedarville,” O’Mara said.

Check out the circus at CMCircus.com. More information on the Cedarville event will be posted at the City Hall and in the media as the event approaches, O’Mara said.

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