On Saturday, July 27, 2013, downtown Baraboo, Wis., will become a circus extravaganza to honor the city’s circus heritage. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the historic downtown square will be brimming with circus-themed performances, circus wagons, vintage circus images display, a Wisconsin Morgan Horse demonstration, walking tours, music, food, classic sidewalk sales, antique and collectibles Sale-a-Palooza, an art show and a car show, and the Baraboo Farmers’ Market. Downtown Baraboo Inc., Circus World Museum and the Baraboo Area Chamber Of Commerce are hosting the festivities.
Big Top Parade
A number of years ago shrinking budgets and new railroad regulations ended the Circus World Museum’s annual circus wagon train from Baraboo to Milwaukee, Wis., and the subsequent big-city parade. But for the second year, the Museum will offer a Big Top Parade through Baraboo’s downtown. At 2:00 p.m., July 27, Wisconsin Department Of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett, serving as grand marshal, will lead the one-hour parade.
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
Don’t miss Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress Of Rough Riders of the World at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 27, and 2 p.m., Sunday, July 28. It’s a 90-minute wild-and-wooly re-enactment featuring cowboys and cowgirls, Texas Longhorns, a Civil War cannon, an honest-to-goodness Gatlin Gun demonstration, trick riding, roping and shooting. Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and a host of other Western characters will bring the Old West to life. A thrilling stagecoach hold-up and the territorial bank robbery! Will Buffalo Bill save the day?
Baraboo’s Circus History
In 1884, five Ringling brothers founded the Ringling Bros. Circus in Baraboo and made its winter quarters along the bank of the Baraboo River for 34 years, through 1918. The original location, which locals called Ringlingville, is now a National Historic Landmark and home to Circus World Museum. This living history museum, one of ten historic sites that the Wisconsin Historical Society operates, is open year-round. Learn more about Circus World’s history here.
Make plans now to spend a weekend enjoying several circus events.
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More fun around Baraboo:
July 25–28: Circus Model Train Show at Circus World Museum, Baraboo, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Garden-scale exhibition of model circus railroads, combining the outdoors with the colorful world of the circus. The Glacier Garden Train Club will be operate and demonstrate its colorful circus trains, handcrafted by club members.
July 25: Historic Walking Tour, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Stroll through Baraboo’s historic downtown, following the Ringling Brothers footsteps. Meet at the Coffee Bean Connection, 701 Oak Street. $7.00/person. Call 608-963-2821 with questions.
July 25: Baraboo’s Concerts On The Square, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Thursday nights through Aug. 29, 2013. Professor Stich’s Original Baraboo Circus Band. Rain site is the Al. Ringling Theatre. Bring lawn chairs.
July 25: Lawn Chair Bat Watch at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:45 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Chateau, five minutes west of the Inn, to watch bats emerge from their houses and learn fun information about bats. Bring a lawn chair.
July 26: Historic Walking Tour, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Details above.
July 26: Friday Night Fish Fry at Devil’s Lake State Park, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., at the north shore Chateau by Baraboo’s Elite Catering. $10 per person for two pieces of fish and one piece of chicken with three side dishes. Dine inside or outside. Fridays June 7–August 30.
July 26: Learn About Bats at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 8:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Meet at the north shore’s Northern Lights Amphitheater, five minutes west of the Inn, to learn about Wisconsin’s bat species, bat myths and challenges bats are facings. Presented by the Wisconsin Bat Program.
July 27–28: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at Circus World Museum, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, 90-minute shows. Details above and here.
July 27: Downtown Baraboo Circus Celebration And Big Top Parade, Baraboo, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Details above.
July 27: Historic Walking Tour, Baraboo, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Details above.
July 27: Kayak Tour at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. A 90-minute guided tour to paddle Devil’s Lake exploring for birds, fish, mammals, geology and history. Tour begins at the park’s north shore, five minutes west of the Inn. The first half hour is to gather and learn how to use kayaks. Space is limited and prior registration is encouraged. Kayak rental $25. To register contact the Chateau (North Shore Concessions) at 608-356-3381.
July 27: Big Band Dance In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park’s north shore Chateau, Baraboo, 7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Dance to the big-band sounds of The Hal Edwards Orchestra in Wisconsin’s most romantic dance pavilion. Tickets: $10.00.
July 27: Haunted Downtown Baraboo Walking Tour, 8:30 p.m., one-hour guided walking tour of Baraboo to learn about the spirits roaming the downtown, $7. Call 608-963-2821 with questions.
July 28: Downtown Baraboo Sunday Market, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Every Sunday this summer stroll through antiques, vintage collectibles, handmade items like art and crafts, farm produce and food around the square.
July 28: Music In The Park at Devil’s Lake Sate Park, Baraboo, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. A free concert along the north shore sponsored by the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park.