Reynoldsburg News

Circus will set up at Civic Park July 28 and 29


Clowns, acrobats, aerial daredevils on high wires, a "dog and pony show" and yes -- even full-size elephants -- will arrive in Reynoldsburg with the Carson & Barnes Circus.

Sponsored by the Lions Club, the circus includes a midway with a petting zoo, pony and elephant rides and a motorcycle act, under a Big Top tent that can seat 1,500 people.

The Truro Township Fire Department will participate in pre-show festivities, with firefighters hosting an "elephant shower" to help circus handlers bathe the elephants at 3 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Civic Park, 6801 Daugherty Drive.

The elephant shower is free and open to the public.

"It takes about 500 gallons of water and a gallon of special soap just to give one elephant their daily bath," Lions Club member Mike Kerek said.

Performances are scheduled at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, at Civic Park, 6801 Daugherty Road in Reynoldsburg.

Parking is $2.

Advance tickets, priced at $12 for adults and $6 for children age 2-11 are available at the Sunoco service station, 7098 E. Main St. and at Culver's Restaurant, 1912 state Route 256.

General admission advance tickets also are available online at cost $14 for adults and $8 for children age 2-11. Reserved seats are also available online.

Tickets at the gate will cost $16 for adults and $10 for children age 2-11.

Children younger than 2 are admitted free; ages 12 and older must have adult tickets.

Guests who arrive one hour early for each performance, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., each day, can take advantage of the midway, featuring a free petting zoo and a chance to ride a pony, camel or elephant.

Kerek said this is the second time the club has sponsored the Carson & Barnes Circus. The first was in 2012.

The club receives a portion of the ticket sales, but the main goal is "family fun," he said.

"We honestly wanted to sponsor the circus to provide something different and fun for families to do in the summertime," he said. "I mean, how often does the circus come to town? It is something fun to do and the ticket prices are really reasonable."

The circus -- with acts entitled The Flying Cavallinis, the Rosales Family Juggling Legends, Canine Capers and Equines of Excellence and Spectacular Ponderous Pachyderms -- has something for everyone, said Sarah Stone, from Carson & Barnes.

"The circus travels with a menagerie of exotic animals, including a rare Sicilian donkey, two llamas, a miniature zebra and a standard size zebra, an alpaca, camels and a half-dozen pygmy goats," she said.

She said the petting zoo on the midway is free an hour before show time. Each performance under the Big Top tent is two hours long.

She said the Carson & Barnes Circus is the oldest family-owned circus in the United States.

Stone said the circus performers enjoy watching children's faces.

"There is nothing more rewarding than watching the glow in the eyes of children who are witnessing circus magic for the first time," she said.

Kerek said the Lions Club hopes the circus will appeal to many members of the community.

"We want people in Reynoldsburg to do fun and different things," he said. "Since we consider ourselves a service community, we also wanted to give something back to the community."