It only happens every two years, so you'd better get your tickets now for the Carson & Barnes Five-Ring Circus Tuesday, May 10 at the Storm Lake Municipal Airport at Highway 110 and C65 southwest of Storm Lake.
Shows will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Carson & Barnes Circus is billed under the name "Biggest Bigtop on Earth" and features a herd of performing elephants, including "Baby Jennie", a precocious, performing pachyderm. Performers from around the glob, rings of horses and ponies, and, at no extra charge, a traveling zoo featuring many exotic animals rarely seen will be featured.
Advanced tickets are $10 for ages 12 and up, $5 for children over 2, and free admission to children under 1. Prices at the door are $14 for adults, $7 for children 2-11, and free for children under 2.
The Storm Lake Chamber receives a larger portion of proceeds from advance sales and circus-goers save 30 percent as well by buying tickets before May 10 in Storm Lake at Hy-Vee at 1250 North Lake Avenue, Fareway at 404 East Seventh, Dyno's at 1201 Lakeshore, and at the Chamber at 119 West Sixth Street.
Committee members include Peggy Vial and Donna Hays, Iowa Workforce Development Center; Sharon Eddy, Amerihost Inn; Jan Worthan, American Family Insurance; Cari Fossum, Northwest Federal; Cindy Wiemold, Genesis Development; Bard Sargent, KAYL; Dan Sokolowski, State Farm Insurance; and Melinda Cords, Wal-Mart.
Chamber Manager Marilyn Monson said presales of children's tickets have exceeded those sold in previous years, with 974 sold as of Thursday. In presales, businesses are contacted and asked whether they wish to purchase blocks of tickets for school children. "That gives an indication that there's a strong interest in the circus," Monson said. Children are also offered a special treat by getting to watch the big top tent being erected the day of the show.
A special feature this year is a silent auction for a two-person elephant ride. There will be two rides, each for two people, during both performances. Those who wish to bid on the elephant ride may contact the Chamber at 712-732-3780 to submit their bids. Those holding front row box seats will also receiving special circus souvenirs.
The circus features such acts as the only Friesian stallion act in the country, trapeze artists, Clown Alley, the Cavallini human tower, and an amazing menagerie of 100 wild, exotic, and domestic animals including rhinos, hippos, camels, tigers, giraffes, and elephants.