Thanks to the sponsorship of the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Mt. Vernon on Wednesday, September 12, to the lot behind the M.A.R.C. located at 822 West Mt. Vernon Boulevard.

Now in its 33rd edition, 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 and Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also 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.

Bring friends and family out on circus morning to watch as a familiar place in the area 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. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with family and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m. come 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 the Circus Family.

On circus day, performers bring the magic of the circus to life in each 90-minute performance. This year’s lineup includes an All-Star group of performers and entertainers that include: Miss Simone and her breath taking single trapeze, Miss Paulina’s proud “Big & Little” prancing ponies, The Arlise Troupe on their wild and crazy unicycles, Natalie’s American Eskimo Escapades, Miss Georgia displaying flexibility to the extreme and for the first time, the Wheel of Destiny & Tight Rope by The Perez Family. And don't forget the favorite performing Jungle Cats, Soloman, Delilah & Francis, presented by Mr. Trey Key, that will certainly have visitors on the edge of their seats.

"Our performers are sure to amaze, delight and entertain the audience members of all ages beyond your wildest imagination," said Alana Green, circus office manager. "The costumes alone are certainly of Las Vegas quality."

For more information visit the circus's Facebook page with videos, photos and comments from past sponsors and patrons. For a direct link, go to and click on the Facebook link.