Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ya can't just go and watch a circus. . . you have to experience it.
To me, that is the best way to experience them. And I knew from past experience that if you go early to can watch them set up.
And if you are real lucky, they will use the elephants to help raise the big-top.
Despite promise of rain for most of the morning, daughter and I made the pilgrimage to Warrenton to have a full day of circus.
When we arrived most the trucks were on sight, and the animals were out and under shelter feeding.
Here is daughter near the elephants.
While standing here a lady came up and asked if we were here for the nine o'clock tour. Of course we said we were.
She said, "hang on a minute and we will see if anyone else shows up."
We found out at this point that a truck they needed to arrive first before they could set up had a bad fuel filter and was running late in arrival.
One other mom showed up with a young little girl and stayed for a little while.
A bus load of pre-schoolers showed up, but left once it started
They park each piece of equipment or trucks in the same place at each location to serve them better and have a routine of progression.
This routine goes on every day, with one or two rare exceptions, from mid February to mid November. Over 500 performances.
We were the first ones, again.
Here waiting to ride the elephant.
Bleachers all around.
For two dollars extra you could get front row seats.
We sat throughout the show watching workers under the big-top and recognized them as roustabouts who set up the circus, one minute driving in big tent pegs, later selling you cotton-candy.
Not an easy life. Working all day.
But if you want to experience the circus you have to get there early.