Under the Big Top

Yesterday evening found us at the Cole Brothers Circus!  It was so much better than I thought it was going to be…  I was apprehensive because tickets were pretty inexpensive, the kids were free, the tent was set up in a field adjacent to our local community college, and, quite frankly, carnies/showfolk kind of freak me out…  I mean, how do they decide that they want to make a living twirling by their hair from a wire 20 ft in the air while juggling?  How do they know they have that talent?  What do you put on your resume?  Gypsy?  Are there recruiters for circus jobs?  It’s very intriguing and freaky at the same time.

Anyway, it was exactly how I remember circuses to be when I was a kid.  Animals, excitement, popcorn and cotton candy!

The kids loved it, of course.  We went with some friends so there were 4 moms and 8 kids in our party.  Luckily, we were all able to sit together right in the middle of the tent.  We didn’t lose anybody either, so, that’s a total bonus.

Some of the performances were pretty amazing.  Like the guy on the spinning hoop thing and the girl doing tricks with hanging sheets and the acrobats on the flying trapeze.

The dog and pony show was fun to watch too.

The cotton candy was a huge hit with the kids as well.  There’s nothing like a pre-dinner sugar high!  Just look at his eyes gleaming with a sugary haze.

Cutie Pie loved the “EFFANTS!”  He kept chanting, “Effant, effant, effant” when they came into the ring.  It was so sweet.

The clowns were a tad strange but that’s to be expected.  I really don’t like clowns…  No matter how endearing they try to act.

The best part for Wildman was seeing a man get shot out of a cannon.  He couldn’t wait to get home to tell J!

It was a good time.  I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go!