Elephants, clowns, trapeze artists, oh my…
The city of Independence is bringing the Carson & Barnes Circus to Pioneer Creek Park, 2055 County Road 90, for 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. shows, Monday, July 1. But the circus experience will begin way before show time, with raising of the big top at 9:30 a.m. The public is invited to witness the tent raising, wander the circus grounds and meet circus animals and handlers.
And Carson & Barnes invites show goers to arrive an hour before show time to tour the tent, experience elephant and camel rides on the midway and enjoy a free petting zoo.
General admission tickets at the gate will cost $16 for adults and $10 for children ages two to 11. Children under age two sitting on parent’s laps will be free in all sections. Reserved and box seats will be available at additional cost. Handicapped seating and a special section for strollers will be available. No alcohol will be allowed on the grounds.
Purchasing tickets in advance for the two-hour show will save buyers $4 per ticket. Local ticket outlets are at Independence, Maple Plain and Greenfield City Halls and the Bank of Maple Plain. Advance tickets are available on line until midnight Sunday, June 30 at carsonbarnescircus.com/venue/independence-mn.
The city of Independence has brought a big top circus to Pioneer Creek Park on pretty much an every other year basis. This year’s Carson & Barnes event will take place rain or shine under a big top the size of a football field.
Carson & Barnes says it is the oldest family owned circus in America, with a founding date of 1937. Its menu of acts features elephants, camels, clowns, acrobats, horses, jugglers, dogs, flying trapeze artists, a variety of other acts and a zoo.