Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Waukon this Friday

The circus is coming to town ... The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be coming to Waukon this Friday, August 3 for a pair of evening shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness, proceeds from the circus will be used to help financially support youth activities provided through the Waukon Park and Recreation program. See the advertisement on Page 10A of this week’s issue of The Standard for ticket and additional information. Submitted photo.

Clowning around at the library ... Skeeter the Clown made a visit to Waukon Wednesday, July 25 to help promote the upcoming Culpepper & Merriweather Circus that will take place in Waukon this Friday, August 3. Skeeter will be part of the circus entertainment planned for two shows this Friday evening at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon, and she is pictured above at Robey Memorial Library during her July 25 visit to Waukon. Photo courtesy of Robey Memorial Library and submitted by Waukon Park & Recreation.

Circus and Corn Days both at Fairgrounds

Under the sponsorship of the City of Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department, the Culpepper & Merriweather (C&M) Circus is coming to Waukon this Friday, August 3 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds located at 705 Allamakee Street in Waukon. Now in its 33rd edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known with its one-ring, big top circus format.

All proceeds from the circus will benefit the Waukon Park, Recreation and Wellness Department. Those funding proceeds will help support youth activities run through the Park and Recreation program.

In addition to the circus taking place this Friday, the annual Waukon Corn Days celebration will also be hosting several events around the same time and at the same Allamakee County Fairgrounds location. For a complete list of Waukon Corn Days events and more specific details, see Pages 6A-11A in this week’s issue of The Standard.

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus has been featured on the “National Geographic Explorer” television series and “Entertainment Tonight”, and in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune and 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.

All are invited to watch the pre-circus activity on the grounds as animals are unloaded, the circus tent is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day. Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Friday the circus tent will be raised, and then a free tour of the circus grounds will be open to all.

The free tour presentation offers a face-to-face opportunity for families, schools and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about the circus performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the circus family. In this presentation, topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all the animals receive will be discussed.

Two 90-minute performances are scheduled for Friday evening, at 5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. This year’s line-up includes a variety of performers and entertainers, such as Miss Simone and her single trapeze performance, Miss Paulina’s prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, Miss Georgia displaying flexibility to the extreme, the Wheel of Destiny and tight rope walking by The Perez Family, and the circus’ performing Jungle Cats, Soloman, Delilah and Francis.

For more information, visit the circus website at and click on the social media links for more photos, videos and comments. For local ticket information, including discounted ticket information on advance purchases, see the advertisement on Page 10A in this week’s print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

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