Circus coming to Vilonia

VILONIA — Billed as “America’s Favorite Big Top Circus,” the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will make a return trip to Vilonia, April 3, with two performances—one at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.

“It’s going to be a good time,” said Billy Mitchell, on behalf of the Vilonia Lions Club, which sponsors the event. “It’s good quality family entertainment. This year, they are going to have the (jungle) cats back. If people will buy tickets in advance, they can save several dollars especially if they have several in the family.”

Tickets are on sale from Vilonia Lions Club members or at local banks. In advance, the cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children. On the day of the show, tickets will be $13 for adults and $7 for children.

According to the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus website, the 90-minute event will include performing camels, amazing feats on the high wire, a dog and pony revue, an incredible daring trapeze act as well as members of the High-Flying Perez Troupe catapulted high in the air, a troupe on unicycles doing stunts and a hula hoop act, performances by both fur and feathered pets.

Until 2001, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus was based in Queen Creek, Ariz., when new ownership moved its headquarters to Hugo, Okla.

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