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Culpepper & Merriweather Circus rolls into Paulden on April 27

Culpepper & Merriweather Circus is coming to Paulden on Saturday, April 27.

Performances will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. under the big tent at Highway 89 and Big Chino Road.

In its 21st season, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic's Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It also has been featured on the A&E special Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

This year the circus will present Skeeter as the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Advance Clown. Skeeter will be in town on April 19 to visit schools, day cares, recreation centers, libraries, and senior centers. She might be seen in stores, walking down Main Street or handing out the official 2006 Culpepper & Merriweather Circus Coloring Contest sheets.

Skeeter got her clown start at 9 years old in Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of the Ringling Clown College and has spent much of the past 19 years clowning around the country.

Skeeter's clown program educates students and community members about what a day in the life of a clown is really all about. She spends time talking about the different types of clowns and the history of the circus.

Skeeter will delight audiences with her unique style of clowning, comedy and true love for the circus.

The community is invited to come out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in the town is transformed into a bustling Circus City.

Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day.

From 9:30 to 10 a.m., watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free Tour. This presentation offers a unique face-to-face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds.

Learn interesting facts about performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals.

In recent years the Tent Raising and Morning Tour has become a popular program for families and interested community members.

On circus day, performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute show. This year's lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers. Our performers are sure to amaze and delight audience members of all ages.

Save money by purchasing tickets in advance. Tickets are available at Statewide Reality, 235 W. Big Chino Road, Paulden; Kathi's Books, 318 W. Perkinsville Road, Chino Valley; and State Farm Insurance, 360 N. Highway 89, Chino Valley. Prices for advance tickets are $6 for children ages 2 to 12, (children under 2 are always free), and $10 for adults. On show day tickets will be $13 for adults and $7 for children.

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