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Mr. Trey Key and jungle cats Soloman, Delilah and Francis, who perform with the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades act, part of the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus coming to Somerset’s Village Park on Monday, July 21. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The Somerset Lions Club will host the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus in Somerset’s Village Park with shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21.

According to a press release, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, in its 30th year, is an “authentic, one-ring, big top circus” that has been featured in National Geographic’s Explorer, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been the subject of TV specials on A&E (“Under the Big Top”) and Nickelodeon (“On the Road with Circus Kids”).

“We had it two years ago and it was very popular. Rain or shine, it’s under the big tent,” said Lions Club member David Bracht.

Between 9:30-10 a.m. that morning the public is invited to watch the raising of the Big Top, and stay for a free tour of the circus.

“This presentation offers a unique 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,” according to the press release.

During the tour, visitors will learn interesting facts about the performers, the history of the show, and the different species of animals in the show, including information on hygiene, grooming and veterinary care while on the road.

According to Terri Moss, corporate office manager and marketing magician for the circus, the tent raising and tour has become a main attraction on Circus Day.

Each performance lasts 90 minutes. This year’s performers and entertainers include Miss Simone and her single trapeze act; Miss Paulina’s proud “Big & Little Prancing Ponies;” The Arlise Troupe’s unicycle act; Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades; Miss April on her Rola Bola board; and Miss Georgia displaying her flexibility to the extreme.

For the first time, the Wheel of Destiny & Tight Rope Act by Los Moralitos will debut. A fan favorite, the performing jungle cats Soloman, Delilah and Francis will return, along with their trainer Mr. Trey Key.

Each act is accompanied by original music written by Matt Margucci of Los Angeles. The circus is headquartered in Hugo, Okla., and travels around the country.

The midway box office opens at 4 p.m. on Circus Day, along with pony rides, a moonbounce house and concessions.

Advanced tickets, available at The Treadmill, SuperAmerica, Holiday, General Sam’s, OSI and First National Community Bank in Somerset, are $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-12. Admission is free for children younger than 2. On show day, tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for kids ages 2-12.

For reservations of discount tickets, call 866-BIG-TOP6, Monday through Friday until 4 p.m.

For more information or to see photos and videos of past performances, visit or

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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