A contortionist, unicycles, juggling, people swinging high above on the trapeze and The Wheel of Steel.

Yes, I am talking about the circus. These are all fond memories from my childhood.

I still love going to the circus just as much today as I did when I was a kid. However, now I have extra joy in going because I get to share it with my grandkids.



This past Friday my husband and I, along with five of our grandkids and one of our daughters, went to see the C&M Circus perform in Sidney.

It was a simple little circus but very entertaining. and it brought back fond memories of going to the circus as a kid with my grandparents.

They had one of the best entertaining clowns I have ever seen named Leo. He had this little nose wiggle he did right after talking to a child that actually made me giggle.

I loved watching the grandkids’ eyes go big when the lady on the trapeze swung in circles hanging by a rope, and their eyes light up when the horse and pony came out to entertain.

Hearing the whole crowd gasp, along with myself included, as the circus entertainer ran around on the outside of the spinning wheels. Holding our breath not sure he was going to make it all the way around to safety.

Then there was the moment Friday night when the contortionist was doing all of her bends and moves and my oldest granddaughter, who is in tumbling says, “I think I can do that.”

At that moment I was thinking “oh maybe she shouldn’t be watching this part”. I didn’t even want to think about how many of the contortionists moves she was going to go home and try to do.

In all honesty, I may watch their faces and reactions more than I do the actual circus anymore.

I did a little research because there are not a lot of small, traveling circuses anymore. It appears the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus that was in Sidney travels to more than 200 towns in 17 different states over a 32-week period each year.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to travel with a circus? As an adult I find myself thinking about all the little details of the circus that I didn’t think much about as a kid.

I still go to the Shrine Circus when it comes to Omaha each year. Well, unfortunately not last year as a snowstorm kept us home. I am pretty sure I was just as upset as the grandkids.

I can also tell you I was a bit sad when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey closed their circus in May 2017.

So when I saw that the C&M Circus was going to be in Sidney I knew we would be there. It was great to see the community come out and support the circus and have fun as well.

I will always enjoy going to the circus and now sharing it with my grandchildren. For me I guess it is almost like being a kid again for just a couple of hours.

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