Circus coming to Havelock for three-day run

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 03:14 PM.

He said the circus prides itself on being a classic American-style circus.

“The traditional American-style circus is under the big top, under a tent,” Carter said.

Putting up the tent, which usually takes place the morning of the first performance in a new town, lasts about four hours, and Carter said the public is invited to come watch the tent-raising for free around 7 a.m. Monday in Havelock. Carter said the main action — raising the center of the tent — usually happens between 7:45 and 8 a.m.

“It’s like nothing most people have seen before, unless they’re old enough to remember the glory days of the American circus,” Carter said. “You’re going to see a completely empty lot get turned into a circus.”

Though the circus has new acts for this year, some things remain.

“One thing we never change is entertaining children of all ages and that’s our main goal,” Connors said.

One of Connors’ favorite features is the variety of animals that perform, including American-born and raised white tigers and elephants, which he said are rare animals for children to see.

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