As part of their 76th consecutive year of touring the USA, Carson and Barnes Circus, the largest traveling big top tent circus in America, will visit Horseshoe Bend, Ark., on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Veterans Park, located at the corner of Cardinal St. and Sequoia St. in Horseshoe Bend.
The Horseshoe Bend Theatre's "Music in the Mountains Show" is sponsoring the circus to help raise money for various projects, including a new heating system for the Theatre, sound equipment, as well as up-keep and maintenance on the Theatre building.
Show times are scheduled on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets purchased at local ticket outlets offer the best value. You can buy tickets locally up to 24 hours before the first show at the following ticket locations: B and B Supply-Franklin and Highland, FNBC locations in Horseshoe Bend, Batesville, Ash Flat -- Main Branch and Walmart Branch, Melbourne, Highland, Hardy and Salem; the Inkspot in Melbourne; First National Bank of Izard County locations in Horseshoe Bend and Calico Rock; Yow Chiropractic Clinic-Ash Flat, Spring River Tees -- Ash Flat, and the Horseshoe Bend Theatre at the Music in the Mountains Show.
Advance tickets are Adult/$14, Child/$6; or at the gate on Circus Day, Adult/$16, Child/$8. Tickets can also be purchased online at the Circus' website at www.BigTopShow.com. Tickets bought online incur a per-ticket charge of $1.50.
Circus fans can get discount coupons at area retailers or download a money-saving $4-off coupon from the Circus website, and apply that discount to the purchase of all adult tickets at the gate, from local outlets, or when buying online.
Carson and Barnes is "The Real Circus," with everything fans expect to see under the big top: clowns, acrobats, aerial daredevils, spectacular pageantry, and a cast of amazing performing animals led by the biggest stars of the show--the Carson and Barnes Asian elephants.
Starring in this season's show is "Alex the Clown." Like many of those appearing in the Circus, Alex Acero has spent his life performing. As a headliner in Las Vegas and with several of the largest Latin American circuses, Alex keeps the children laughing while keeping the adults on the edges of their seats with his daring gymnastics.
One of the most popular attractions at the Circus is before the show. The Circus travels with a menagerie of exotic animals including a rare Sicilian donkey, two llamas, a miniature zebra and a standard-sized zebra, an alpaca, two camels, a half-dozen pygmy goats, and Katy, the pygmy hippo. Kids delight in the chance to get up close and pet these unusual creatures. Small bags of dry food can be purchased and are guaranteed to get the furry friends' attention.
On the Circus' midway, the little tykes can ride a miniature train or saddle-up for a Shetland pony ride. For older kids there's the SuperSlide.
Towering above all along the midway are those magnificent Asian elephants and the camels. Both can be ridden with the right ticket in hand.
With a cast of dozens and 25 vehicles loaded with everything from popcorn bags to grandstands, exotic animals, hundreds of costumes and tons of equipment for the performers, and even the big top tent itself, every day is an adventure.
For the nearly one million guests who will gather under the tent this year for the thrills and excitement that are the hallmark of the greatest of all family entertainments, it all comes down to the center ring, where the outside world yields to the fantasy world under the big top -- an American icon.
For information regarding the Horseshoe Bend appearance call 870-373-3303 or visit online at www.BigTopShow.com.