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Circus setting up shop Friday

Advance ticket sales will benefit WARA and Friends of Abenaki

August 09, 2010
WOLFEBORO — A couple of local organizations are hoping kids will come out and bring their parents when the circus comes to town on Friday, Aug. 13.

Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Director Ethan Hipple has brought in the Walker Brothers Circus, a "talented, family, one-ring big top traveling circus," for two shows on Friday.

The event will be taking place at The Nick, and the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association (WARA), which runs The Nick, is one of the groups benefiting from the ticket sales. The other group is the Friends of Abenaki, a local organization dedicated to preserving and improving the town-owned ski area on Route 109A.

The best part about the upcoming circus performance is the fact that tickets for kids 14 and under are completely free and available just about anywhere around downtown Wolfeboro or at the Pop Whalen Arena, home of the town's Parks and Recreation office.

In order for the kids to be admitted free, a ticketed adult must also be present and adult tickets purchased in advance of the show (either Thursday, Aug. 12, or Friday, Aug. 13) will see proceeds going to the two local groups.

One-third of all the money made in adult ticket sales prior to the day's events goes toward the Friends of Abenaki and WARA.

Hipple notes that the circus will feature trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers, a flying pig show and much more.

"It should be a great time," he reported.

Adult tickets, which are priced at a reasonable $12, can be purchased at Black's Paper and Gifts, Bradley's Hardware, Avery Insurance, Wolfeboro Town Hall and the Pop Whalen Arena. Each adult ticket purchased can be accompanied by two free children's tickets for kids 14 and under.

Tickets for adults increase by $2 if purchased at the box office the day of the show.

Additionally, tickets for kids ages 15 to 17 are only $5. However, those tickets are not available for presale and must be purchased at the box office prior to the show.

"It's pretty cheap family entertainment," Hipple said.

The circus will be in town for two shows, the first at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 7:30 p.m. and the tent will be set up on the softball field at The Nick.

"It will be pretty hard to miss," Hipple laughed.

Hipple also notes that the arrival of the Walker Brothers Circus in Wolfeboro kind of brings the town around full circle.

"The circus used to come to Wolfeboro and it actually set up at the sand pit," Hipple said, noting that The Nick is built on what used to be that sand pit. "It's kind of come full circle."

The circus show will last approximately 90 minutes and features entertainment for the entire family. More information about the circus can be found at www.walkerbrotherscircus.com.

And locals are reminded that if they want to help Friends of Abenaki and WARA, they should purchase their adult tickets in advance at one of the previously mentioned locations in Wolfeboro.

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