Thanks to the sponsorship of the Winterset Band Boosters, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Winterset on Sunday, Aug. 25, to the practice field east of the elementary school. There are two scheduled performances at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Now in its 34th edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. 

This authentic one-ring, big top circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E special Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special.

Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in town is transformed into a bustling circus city. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. you can watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. 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. Learn facts about the performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals. They also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all their animals receive. In recent years the tent raising and morning tour has become a popular program for families and interested community members, presented in a way everyone can learn about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus.

On circus day, Culpepper & Merriweather performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute performance. This year’s lineup includes an all-star group of performers and entertainers that include Miss Simone and her breathtaking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “Big & Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, Miss Georgia displaying flexibility to the extreme, and for the first time, the Wheel of Destiny and Tight Rope by The Perez Family. Circus favorites also include the performing Jungle Cats – Soloman, Delilah and Francis – presented by Mr. Trey Key. Performances are all accompanied by original music, which is composed by Matt Margucci of Los Angeles, Calif. 

For more information visit the Culpepper & Merriweather Facebook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons, or check out

Advance tickets may be purchased at American State Bank, Ben Franklin, Breeding’s True Value, Bridges Financial, The Cellar, Fareway, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, Hy-Vee, Montross Pharmacy, Union State Bank and Village Bootery.

Prices for advance tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for seniors (65 and over) and children ages 2 to 12. Children under 2 are always free. On show day tickets will be $15 for adults and $8 for seniors/children. 

For more information or to purchase discount tickets call 866-BIG-TOP6 prior to show day, until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.