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The Zoppe’ Family Circus Returns to Fort Bragg, California


Back by popular demand the Zoppe’ Family Circus will return on Friday, October 25 at 7:00 pm., and Saturday and Sunday, October 26 & 27, with a 1:00 pm., show and a 4:00 pm., show.

The Zoppe’ Family Circus which started back in 1842 is an enchanting exhibition of a traditional European circus. The Zoppe’ Family Circus is an event not to be missed. If you come to the Zoppe’ Circus, be prepared to be part of the act. There’s just one ring in the Zoppe’ Family Circus, but the performance’s you will see are world class. Take a trip in time with 171 years of entertaining crowds with clowns, the trapeze, the dancing dogs, the ring and the tent that will thrill and amaze children and adults alike with its breathtaking stunts and astonishing acrobatics.

As the story goes, Zoppe’ came to America in 1948. At the time he was running and performing in the Zoppe’ Circus in Italy. He said that one day he got a call from John Ringling North telling him that he wanted him to perform in the Greatest Show on Earth. He said that he couldn’t leave the circus. North said that he was needed and that Cecil B. DeMille wanted him in the movie, “The Greatest Show on Earth”. After World War II there were no elephants in Italian circuses as what had been available died during the war. So it is said that he told John Ringling North that if you wanted me, I will come but you must send me an elephant to replace me in the Zoppe’ Circus. North said that he couldn’t do that so Mr. Zoppe’ said that is ok, but forget about me coming to America. North replied ok you got your elephant. And so he came to America to star in the Greatest Show on Earth.

Tickets for children $10. Adults are $15 and lap child is FREE. Click this link to purchase tickets online. The Zoppe’ Family Circus will be at Todds Point, Fort Bragg, California. 707-961-4671.

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