June 15, 2006

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Wisconsin's Circus World Museum
Housed on the grounds of the original Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters in Baraboo, Circus World Museum holds the world's largest collection of historic circus wagons and, every summer, presents live circus performances. Enter the Wistravel.com big top, and let your eyes wander Around Wisconsin!

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The Circus Comes to Town Every Day at Circus World

Nature Valley Grand PrixCome one, come all to a brand new show! An astounding troupe of Chinese circus acrobats hand selected from mainland China's best circus schools will headline Circus World's 2006 summer performance season from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily now through September 4. These amazing acrobats will perform twice daily in the newly renovated Hippodrome building. Other headliners include the "Illusions of Reality" magic show, "Elephant Encounters," "KidsWorld Circus," Doodles the clown and, for the first time ever, daily guided tours of historic Ringlingville - the original winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers Circus, now a National Historic Landmark. Be sure to put Circus World in Baraboo on your short list of fun things to see and do this summer!

Elephant Encounters

Nature Valley Grand PrixWhat's a circus without elephants? Another new feature at Circus World in 2006, Doug Terranova's Texas-based animal talent agency will present two 30-minute Elephant Encounters daily at 1:15 and 4:15 p.m. The shows will demonstrate how animal handlers educate and care for these ponderous pachyderms and illustrate what these animals' lives are like as circus performers.

These unique shows give circus goers an authentic, up-close and firsthand look at the education of elephants in the ways of circus entertainment. Elephant Encounters is made possible during the 2006 season through the generosity of Jack Lussier. OK, we've got acrobats, elephants.....now it's time for a little clowning around!

Clowning Around at Circus World

Nature Valley Grand PrixNo circus experience would be complete without a great clown and some belly laughs. Well, Circus World's 2006 performance season won't disappoint. Twice daily, at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., Bob "Doodles" Kelmer will clown around to the delight of circus goers of all ages.

Doodles began performing as an amateur clown and magician when he was just 10 years old. In 1988 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus accepted him into their prestigious Clown College program where he studied with some of the greatest circus clowns of all time. Upon graduation, he toured with the Greatest Show On Earth's International Gold Unit. Since those days he has continued to work as a circus clown, appearing with many different circuses throughout the United States and Canada.


Nature Valley Grand PrixThis area on the north bank of the Baraboo River is home to the remaining structures of the original Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Quarters. Three of the buildings are open to the public, and no trip to the museum is complete without a visit to them. For the first time, Circus World will open up the Ringling Animal House, the baggage horse barn and Circus World Museum's wardrobe department, which houses the thousands of costumes created for the Great Circus Parade. Your host will point out where the hippopotamus resided and how costumes were created for the Ringling show many years ago. You will see what hasn't been seen since the Ringling Brothers Circus left Baraboo in 1918.

Events in Wisconsin

June 17-18 Arkdale - Harbor Fest. Arts/crafts, flea market, food, entertainment, pony rides. Free admission.
June 17-18 Rhinelander - 28th Boom Lake Muskie Tournament. Catch-and-release-trophies to top five teams. First prize of $1000! 9AM-3PM.(800) 236-4386.
June 17-18 Phillips - 23rd Czech-Slovak Fest. Arts, crafts, Live Polka music, Moja Vlast Dance Group.
June 22-25 Cadott - Country Fest 2006. 20th annual outdoor country music festival featuring top national stars.
June 23 Prairie du Chien - Carson & Barnes Circus. Largest traveling Circus under a big top! St. Feriole Island.

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