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Circus World Museum Opens May 18

Circus World Museum’s summer performance season begins Saturday, May 18, 2013. The lively entertainment at this National Historic Landmark will occur daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through Sept. 2, 2013.

The all-new Big Top Show in the Hippodrome includes a few familiar faces with new tricks up their sleeves, including magical entertainer Tristan Crist with his dynamic Theatre of Illusion. Young and old will enjoy Roger the clown, hilarious monkeys, acrobats on trampolines, jaw-dropping contortionists, an elephant, horses and juggling unicyclists. Plus, the Royal Afghan Champions, beautiful dogs. You’ll catch yourself laughing and wondering with the youngsters in the audience.

The grounds are the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters and one of Wisconsin Historical Society’s 10 historic sites. This engaging history museum also includes a large collection of authentic circus wagons, advertising posters, memorabilia from past Big Top performances and more.

Opening weekend features the 90-minute Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 18 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19. This Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders re-enactment with an array of Western characters features cowboys and cowgirls, trick riding, roping and shooting, an authentic Gatlin-gun demonstration, Texas longhorns, a stagecoach hold-up, bank robbery and more. Will Buffalo Bill save the day? This special show repeats July 27 and 28, 2013.

Circus World is open when it’s raining; many activities are under a tent or in a building.

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The Cookhouse Grill on the grounds offers sandwiches and circus treats. Or pack a picnic lunch and sit beside the free-flowing Baraboo River. Get your hand stamped and walk a few blocks to dine in one of many cafés in historic downtown Baraboo.

The Inn at Wawanissee Point is 10 minutes south of Circus World Museum.

Book your guest room today. Weekends in May are filling quickly! Call us at 608-355-9899.

Other Events May 17–19, 2013

May 17:  Heron Rookery Watch at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Meet at the group-camp parking lot near the south shore entrance, less than 10 minutes west of the Inn. A spotting scope and binoculars will be available to watch adult herons in their nests. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected].gov with questions.

May 18:  Art & Bloom Fest at Durward’s Glen Retreat & Educational Center, five minutes east of the Inn, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Local artists demonstrating their art and selling it, authors signing books, food for sale. Stroll the grounds to admire the blooms. Family historian James Gardener who wrote a forward with new information about the Durward family for the recently re-released Anuls of the Glen originally written by Wilfrid Durward will be signing the new edition.

May 18:  Frog Safari at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot, five minutes west of the Inn. Hike the Johnson Moraine Trail to the park’s kettle ponds where you’ll listen for spring peepers, and chorus and grey tree frogs, plus other night sounds. Bring a flashlight. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected].gov with questions.

May 18–19:  Automotion 2013, Wisconsin Dells, 20 minutes north of the Inn. 1,200 beautifully restored classic cars displayed. Swap meet, concessions, live entertainment. May 18:  car cruise along a new rural route 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Big Sky Twin Drive-in Theatre feature show at dusk.

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