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Rotary bringing Culpepper & Merriweather Circus to town

June 4, 2022

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Bonners Ferry on Thursday, June 16, with shows at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the Boundary County Fairgrounds. This is an authentic one-ring Big Top Circus and this year, they're excited to bring you their brand new 2022 performance featuring Big Cats presented by Trey Key, aerialists extraordinaire Simone and Kelly, 10th generation Loyal Bareback Horse Riders, the Perez Daredevil Duo on the Tight Rope and Wheel of Destiny, everyone's favorite Circus Clown Leo Acton and Brandon Ayala on the Rola Bola!

Get ready for an amazing show the whole family will love! Each show lasts about 90 minutes.

The excitement begins at 9:30 a.m. with the tent raising, and everyone is invited to watch the big top rise! Early visitors will also get a chance to tour the grounds, learn all about life on the road, see the beautiful animals and learn about their care and get an behind-the-scenes look at their show!

All of the animals animals you'll see are captive-bred and the majority are rescues. The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is licensed and inspected by USDA and our animals are seen by a veterinarian every 30 days.

All of the animals are trained using positive reinforcement. In the show you will see animals rewarded with their favorite treats for performing behaviors. No two animal acts are ever the same! The animals have the choice of which behaviors they feel like doing. Some days that means they do everything asked of them, and other days they feel like making their trainers look a little silly.

Big Cats Delilah and Solomon came to the circus after a roadside zoo was shut down by the USDA. They are brother and sister Golden Tabby Tigers and have been together their whole lives. Their newest addition, Wendell the Lion, came to them after he was surrendered by an exotic pet owner because he grew too big to manage. He was very scared of men when he first came, and they are happy to report that his handler Trey is now his best buddy!

Wendell has been making appearances in the show recently. Right now the goal is to teach him to get on his seat, sit next to Delilah and then leave the ring when the act is over. Wendell isn't really motivated by food treats like most other animals. Instead, he prefers new toys as his reward!

The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus cockatoos are all former pets that have either outlived their previous human guardians, were surrendered or survived neglect. Madison is the matriarch. She almost starved to death after her previous owner had a stroke and couldn't remember if she'd fed her birds. Babs outlived his original family. Jazzy was left in a garage in Chicago where she chewed off her frostbitten toes. And our precious Cosmo was surrendered after she ate her family's couch.

Cockatoos are the most surrendered pet bird in America. Circus life has turned out to be a life saver for our flock because they are able to get constant attention and mental and physical stimulation, including regular flight, they need to live a healthy life.

The midway and box office open at 4 p.m. with pony rides, moon bounce, a giant slide, face painting, concession stand and more!

Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for kids two to 12 and seniors 65 and older, available in Bonners Ferry at Century 21, Mountain West Bank, EL Internet, Edward Jones downtown and from any Rotary member. Tickets at the box office are $15 for adults and $8 for kids and seniors.

A portion of the proceeds go the the Bonners Ferry Rotary for scholarships and community projects.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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