BORON - Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages; get ready to be thrilled in Boron. Thanks to the Boron Chamber of Commerce, Espindola Family Grill and others, the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus is coming to town. The event is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 22 at the Desert Lake Park, which is located three miles west of Boron next to West Boron Elementary School. There will be two performances: the first is scheduled to start around 5 p.m. and the second is scheduled to start around 7:30 p.m.

Culpepper and Merriweather Circus started in 1985 when Robert Johnson, Jim Herbert and Curtis Cainan started the small show. During that time, the circus was based in Queen Creek, Arizona and each man would alternate announcing, performing and selling concessions during each performance for the first year they were open. They didn’t sell tickets in the beginning; they relied on donations received from passing a hat at the end of each show and eventually were able to add employees, equipment and animals over the years.

The home base for the show stayed in Arizona until 2001 when new ownership moved its base to Hugo, Oklahoma. The city of Hugo is known as “Circus City, USA” and for good reason: they are the 20th circus to call Hugo home since 1941 and the third active circus currently operating from the County Seat of Choctaw. The traveling circus runs for approximately 32 weeks out of the year and brings an action-packed 90-minute show to over 200 cities and towns in 17 states.

Tickets for the shows are $12 at the door or $7 pre-paid, which you can find at Espindola Family Grill. For more information on the circus and its shows, you can find them at www.cmcircus.com, or on Facebook; just search for Culpepper & Merriweather Circus or contact Anthony Espindola at 760-491-0011.

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