America’s Favorite Old-Fashioned
Big Top Circus is Coming to Town!
Thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends of Lake Mattoon, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite
Big Top Circus is coming to Neoga, IL on Tuesday, April 17 th , 2018 to the lot located at the corner of 6 th & Park
with scheduled performances at 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. Now in its 33rd 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 featured on the Nick News Program.
Bring your friends and family out
circus morning to watch as a familiar
place in your 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 10:00 a.m. come
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 interesting facts about our performers, the history of our show and the different species of animals in
our Circus Family. In this presentation we will also address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care
2018 PRESS RELEASE
all of our animals receive. In recent years the Tent Raising and Morning Tour has become a popular program for
families and interested community members. It is presented in a way everyone, young and old can learn many
interesting facts about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Family. This is a special part of Circus Day that should
not be missed!
On circus day, our 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 breath taking 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 flexability to the extreme and for the first time, the
Wheel of Destiny & Tight Rope by The Perez Family. But, lets not forget our favorite performing Jungle Cats,
Soloman, Delilah & Francis, presented by Mr. Trey Key, that will certainly have you on the edge of your seats! All
accompanied by original music composed by the talented, Matt Margucci from Los Angeles, California. Our
performers are sure to amaze, delight and entertain the audience members of all ages beyond your wildest imagination.
The costumes alone are certainly of Las Vegas quality.
For more information visit our FaceBook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons. For
a direct link you can go to www.cmcircus.com and click on the FaceBook link.
SAVE MONEY by purchasing your tickets in advance at the following locations: Neoga IGA or the Neoga City
Building. Prices for advance tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors (65 and over) and children ages 2 to
12, children under 2 are always free. On show day tickets will be $13.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors and children.
Reserve your tickets early and save. For more information or to reserve discount tickets call 866 BIG TOP 6.
Reservations will be available even on show day but, only at this number till 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, Central
Tickets in advance can be purchased by calling
217-460-0335 or 217-254-1081
- Occurred Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
- Occurred Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 @ 7:30 pm