By ROBERT PIERCE • Daily Leader
For three days this weekend, the Seward County Fairgrounds will be home to the big top as American Crown Circus brings its show to town.
Circus operator Frank Osorio said shows will take place at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday.
“We’re only gonna be there three days,” he said. “Each show lasts about an hour and a half.”
Free children’s tickets are available at businesses throughout Liberal, but Osorio said there will be no show on Monday – contrary to what is printed on the ticket.
Among the acts featured are the world’s smallest horse and a miniature donkey.
“The other feature act we have is the Globe of Death, where the two motorcycles ride at more than 45 miles per hour and they ride inside the big steel sphere,” Osorio said.
He said there will also be high wire performers with a wide variety of tricks and one of the best jugglers in the world.
“He can juggle about six or seven clubs,” he said. “We have clowns.
We have people from Columbia, Brazil, the U.S. and Mexico.”
In its seventh year, American Crown Circus is based out of Las Vegas, according to Osorio.
“My brothers and I used to perform for Circus Circus in Vegas for more than 10 years,” he said. “We did the high wire. That was our main act. We tour all of the western United States. We start our season at the beginning of March, and we’ll end at the end of October.”
Osorio said American Crown has visited Liberal prior to this trip, and he liked what he saw.
“It was really good,” he said. “That’s the reason we came back. We’ve always had a really good attendance there in Liberal. We’ve always done really good. People seem to enjoy it. We have a really good crowd.”
Osorio said his circus has grown each year it has been in existence.
“Every year, we try to add new feature acts,” he said. “With the circus, you never stop learning. You never stop growing. We’re not as big as Ringling Brothers yet, but maybe in a hundred years or so. It just keeps growing. Every year, we change our show. People want to see different things all the time.”
Two children age 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult, and ticket prices for adults are $12.