Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Perfomers, Employees Invited to Baraboo, Wisconsin For Circus Homecoming, July 20-23, 2017

March 17, 2017

Show’s personnel also to headline Big Top Parade in Ringling Bros. Circus hometown

BARABOO, WISCONSIN; (March 17), 2017: Baraboo, Wisconsin, the hometown of the Ringling brothers and their circus empire, will roll out the red carpet to the performers and employees of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey with a special Circus Homecoming, July 20-23, 2017. The four-day event will celebrate the people who have made The Greatest Show On Earth an iconic brand and the world’s preeminent circus. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey personnel will also serve as the grand marshals of Baraboo’s Big Top Parade on July 22.
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will cease touring on May 21 after 146 years of continuous operation,” said Scott O’Donnell, Executive Director of Circus World, a state-owned historic site located at the Ringling Bros. Circus’ original winter quarters (1884-1918) in Baraboo and the major organization behind the Circus Homecoming. “Baraboo was home for the Ringling brothers and their families. It was here where they imagined and built a vast circus enterprise that would entertain audiences all across the United States. With the news of the closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in May, we at Circus World and the entire Baraboo community decided to honor the passion and dedication of the artists and countless others who for generations have dedicated their lives to The Greatest Show On Earth. The Circus Homecoming is our tribute to them.”
The four-day Circus Homecoming is sponsored by Circus World, the International Clown Hall of Fame, Al. Ringling Theatre and the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce in association with the Ringling House Bed & Breakfast, Al. Ringling Mansion, Sauk County Historical Society and the citizens of Baraboo.
“The legacy of the Ringling Bros. Circus is alive and well in Baraboo,” noted Mike Palm, Mayor of the City of Baraboo. “We are ecstatic to share our community with our Ringling brothers and sisters.”

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PERFORMERS, EMPLOYEES
INVITED TO BARABOO, WISCONSIN FOR CIRCUS HOMECOMING
JULY 20-23, 2017

“To have the Ringling circus family as our community’s guests in July brings the story full circle back to the spot where it all started,” said Greg DeSanto, Executive Director of Baraboo’s International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center and a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performer and instructor with its Clown College. “Baraboo is where The Greatest Show On Earth began and it is here where we continue to preserve and cherish that important cultural heritage for generations to come. The Circus Homecoming will offer many attractions and events to celebrate the Ringling personnel and their link to our community’s history.”
Circus Homecoming events open to the public will begin on Thursday, July 20. At 7:00 p.m. on Baraboo’s historic downtown courthouse square, a traditional circus band concert honoring the glorious music from the big top. The concert will feature Professor Gerald Stich and his Original Circus Band, as well as musical performers from The Greatest Show On Earth. Prior to the concert at 5:00 p.m., there will be a two-hour Evening on the Al. Ringling Mansion Veranda, featuring live entertainment.
Activities on Friday, July 21 will include an 11:00 a.m. guided tour of Baraboo’s Walnut Hill Cemetery where four of the Ringling brothers and other circus luminaries are interred. Following a 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Evening on the Al. Ringling Mansion veranda, the 1952 Oscar-winning best picture, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” will be shown on the big screen at 7:00 p.m. at the Al. Ringling Theatre.
On Saturday, July 22, audiences will be entertained by a Clown Antics street performance in front of the International Clown Hall of Fame beginning at 9:45 a.m. Then, at 11:00 a.m., the 5th Annual Big Top Parade will take to the streets of downtown Baraboo, with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey employees serving as grand marshals. The parade will feature antique, horse-drawn circus wagons from Circus World’s unequaled collection, animals, bands, community floats and this year, due to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the grandest assemblage of clowns on the planet.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., performers from The Greatest Show On Earth will showcase their talents on the stage of the restored Al. Ringling Theatre for a one-time-only presentation of “Sawdust, Spangles and Dreams.” Proceeds from this event will benefit the Circus Traveling Show Retirement Project & Showpeople’s Winter Quarters, as well as International Clown Hall of Fame, the Al. Ringling Theatre and Circus World. There will also be another Evening on the Al. Ringling Mansion Veranda from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PERFORMERS, EMPLOYEES
INVITED TO BARABOO, WISCONSIN FOR CIRCUS HOMECOMING
JULY 20-23, 2017

Circus Homecoming festivities conclude on Sunday, July 23 with an interfaith, non-denominational circus mass at the Al. Ringling Theatre at 9:30 a.m., followed by an Ice Cream Social at the Ringling House Bed & Breakfast from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Throughout the Circus Homecoming weekend, Circus World will be open with an array of live shows, tours and programming. The one-price admission includes circus performances, concerts, demonstrations, comedy shows, animals and interactive children’s programming– 10 daily shows in all. This year’s Big Top Circus Performance, presented under a real big top tent, stars an international cast of artists in “That 70s Circus,” a tribute to the far-out, funkadelic 1970s.
Located on 64 acres along the banks of the Baraboo River, Circus World collects, preserves and presents the colorful and rich heritage of the circus. Owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Circus World preserves the buildings that once comprised the Ringling Bros. Circus’ original winter quarters, now designated a National Historic Landmark, as well as the world’s largest collection of mammoth antique circus wagons, many of which are decorated with elaborately painted scenes and gilded wood carvings.
Performances, shows, films and tours will also be available throughout the weekend at Baraboo’s other premier circus attractions, including the International Clown Hall of Fame, Al. Ringling Theatre, Al. Ringling Mansion and the Ringling House Bed & Breakfast.
“Our friends from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will be everywhere throughout the community this amazing four-day event,” noted O’Donnell. “Townsfolk and visitors are invited to strike up a conversation and let our circus friends know just how much they are valued and appreciated in Baraboo.”
For more information about the Circus Homecoming, contact Circus World at 866-693-1500 or visit www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

To see the full press release document click here: Circus Homecoming News Release Long Version KO Rev. 3-13-2017 B

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