WILTON — The Big Top returns to Wilton when the Recreation Department hosts the circus on Wednesday, July 29.

“We had great,  positive feedback,” Frank Donald, recreation director, said of last year’s performance. “People have been asking if they are coming again.”

The 2015 Spectacular, presented by Walker Events Inc., takes place with showings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. July 29 at Western Maine Development, 128 Weld St.

There is plenty of parking available and room for the circus on the other side of the old Bass Shoe, closest to the town office, he said.

Tickets are now on sale at the Wilton Town Office or Kineowatha Park. 

Two free children tickets for ages 14 and under are given out with each adult ticket sold, Donald said.  Children are free but must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Recreation Department receives a portion of each ticket sold, more for those that are pre-sold, he said.  The sale will continue up to the day of the show when the circus takes over sales, he said.

Discounted adult tickets, $15, are available through the Recreation Department but the price rises to $18 on the day of the show, he said.

Funds earned from sponsoring the circus will go towards special projects, he said. Some, from last year, were applied to the recent parking lot developed at Bass Park. Some this year may go towards playground equipment

New acts are promised this year, he said. But, all the acts stood out last year. 

They have animal, comedy and aerial acts and promise lots of animals, he said.

The first showing was standing room only last year but even a heavy thunder shower during the second show didn’t hamper attendance too much.

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The Recreation Department responsibilities include ticket sales, provision of water access for the circus, toilets and police coverage to help with traffic, he said.

The grounds at Western Maine Development are a great place for the circus especially in terms of parking and room for the circus equipment.

Last year, they intended to hold the circus at Kineowatha Park. When circus trucks had difficulty driving in to the park, the location was changed to Western Maine Development, he said.

For more information about ticket purchases, call 645-4825.

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