ISHPEMING - See a clown around and there just might be a circus to go with it. That's the case in Ishpeming when the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus, which will be performing at the Al Quaal Recreation Area for July 4, sends one of its clown for a visit Monday.
Sponsored by the Ishpeming Fourth of July Committee, the circus will be performing two shows on July 4, but area families can get an advanced look at the action when the circus sends Skeeter the Clown to visit various locations around Marquette County.
Skeeter will to meet kids and families at the Country Grill in Ishpeming from 8 to 10 a.m., the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Jubilee Foods in Ishpeming from noon to 1 p.m. and Lake Bancroft Park from 1 to 3 p.m.
Then, July 4, is circus day.
The public is invited to see the raising of the big top tent from 9:30 to 10 a.m., followed by a free tour of the circus grounds, which gives interesting facts about the performers, the history of the circus and how the circus animals are cared for.
Once the tent is set up, the box office and midway open at 1 p.m., with performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m., each a 90-minute show. Performances include trapeze artists, unicyclists, animals, juggling and other circus acts.
Tickets for circus performances are available in advance at the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, Elaine's Party Store, Jackson Hardware, Congress Pizza, all in Ishpeming, and Household Appliance in Marquette. Advance tickets are $6 for children 2 to 12 years old and $9 for. The day of the circus, tickets are $7 for children 2 to 12 years old and $12 for 13 and older.
The circus is a new addition to the annual community picnic, which is also held at Al Quaal as part of the city's celebration to mark Independence day.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.