September 7, 2007 - Camels, Tigers, and Big Top Circus in Blairsville, Georgia
On September 7, 2007 an old fashioned big top circus recently rolled into Union County for one evening of exciting entertainment. The Lewis & Clark Circus attracted a large crowd to Meeks Parks with approximately 2000 people gathering to see the tigers, camels, jugglers, acrobats, clowns, and side-shows.
Children were offered the chance to ride exotic animals, to see amazing circus acts, and to eat freshly made cotton candy. Five dollars bought a ride on a real camel, named appropriately, Mr. Lawrence of Arabia . The lines never let up as children patiently waited for a turn on the beast.
Inside the big tent children watched in amazement as jugglers, clowns, horses, and acrobats performed in the ring. The master of ceremonies filled many roles including fire-eater and magician. Thanks to the Lewis & Clark Circus many local children will one day be able to say, "Back in 2007 I attended a real live circus in Blairsville, Georgia!"
This circus is one of only ten big top shows that still perform in the United States. The Lewis & Clark Circus was founded in 2005 and is based in Easley , South Carolina . The troupe presents about five hundred show a year. Currently in its third season, the Lewis & Clark Circus offers a chance for children of all ages to experience the thrill of the big top.