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In their prime, circuses were the place to be; they drew out people out of their homes, fostering a sense of community, and offered captivating entertainment through the talents of artists and performers.
Today, circuses still exist, yet they no longer wield the same cultural impact they once did, particularly the traditional traveling circuses. They have somewhat become irrelevant and mundane in the eyes of many, largely due to advancements in technology and the ethical concerns surrounding the treatment of animals. We now have virtually limitless entertainment options at our fingertips, with numerous other forms of amusement competing for our attention.
As impressive and remarkable as technology and entertainment have become, there's nothing that can replace the intangible magic that accompanies attending a circus show.
This is where the Zoppe Circus shines. It evokes the nostalgia of the circus shows that enchanted me as a child, encapsulating the essential elements: talent, passion, dedication, storytelling, inclusivity, creativity, and a whimsical atmosphere that engages all the senses.
Attending a Zoppe Circus show transported me to a world of wonder, excitement, and imagination. Even as a child, the memory of the circus continues to shine brightly in my adult mind. I'm thrilled that my own children could experience the same enchantment that I did in my youth.
The Zoppe Circus has a rich history dating back to 1842, spanning seven generations. What sets them apart is their graceful preservation of family traditions, passing down skills, knowledge, and a deep passion for the circus arts to future generations.
I've written this post with the hope of reaching fellow circus enthusiasts and those curious about this captivating world. I also want to show my support for the Zoppe family, who clearly love what they do and work tirelessly to keep the circus magic alive. I sincerely wish them many more years of magical circus moments.
5 Reasons to Visit the Zoppe Circus
1. Traditional Charm
The Zoppe Circus embraces the timeless charm and nostalgia of trandtional circus entertainement. If you appreciate the classic arts, intimate setting, and the magic of a bygone era, attending the Zoppe Circus allows you to take a step back in time and relive the wonder of old-world circus performances.
2. Family-Friendly Entertainment
The Zoppe Circus offers an unforgettable experience suitable for all ages, making it an ideal opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones.
3. Close-Up Experience
Performances are held under a big top tent that's much smaller than what you'd find at commericial shows. This setting usually allows for a more immersive experience and allows for more crowd participation, allowing for audeinces to connect better with the show.
4. Cultural Heritage
The Zoppe Circus is a celebration of Italian circus heritage and traditions that have been passed down through generations. Attending the circus provides a unique opportunity to appreciate and learn about this rich cultural heritage.
5. Unique & Diverse Acts
What truly warms my heart about the Zoppe Circus is that it's a family affair, where acts are skillfully performed by individuals of all ages. Here, you'll also encounter animals as part of the show. In today's world, the use of animals in circuses often draws criticism, but rest assured, the animals in this show receive exceptional care and contribute to some truly impressive & entertaining acts & tricks."
Notes + Tips*Save Money with Online Tickets: Purchase your tickets online to enjoy savings. Children aged 3 and under get in for free. Don't miss out on their presale ticket deals. Also available, a family pack for 2 adults & 2 children at a great price.*General Admission vs. VIP: Choose between General Admission (GA) and VIP seating. GA offers comfortable bleacher seats, while VIP seats are just two rows in front of the performers, providing more space and backrest chairs. Given the intimate size of our show, you can't go wrong with any seat choice. VIP tickets also include a complimentary mask.*Cash for Conveniences: Bring cash for popcorn, souvenirs, and crepes. Cards accepted with a $3 transaction fee.*Arrive Early for Preshow: Arrive a bit early and position yourself between the two smaller tents out front. This is where the preshow takes place, providing an introduction to the company with a delightful skit. Being up front ensures you can fully enjoy the preshow.*No Assigned Seating: Regardless of your ticket type (VIP or GA), it's advantageous to arrive early and wait at the entrance to secure your preferred seats. Ensure your entire party is present to make the seating process smoother.*Convenient, Free Parking: Parking is available in a dirt lot across the street from the tent, and it's free of charge.*Photography and Video Allowed: Feel free to capture memories with photography & video during the performance.*Intermission: There's a break approximately three-quarters of the way through the show.*Meet the Pony: During intermission, you can take a souvenir picture with their adorable pony. To ensure you get your photo opportunity, prepare in advance and head straight to the line on the right side of the stage.*Refreshments for a Good Cause: The circus offers lemonade, popcorn, chocolate & strawberry crepes, and hot cocoa for sale. While their food may seem a bit pricey, please know that the proceeds support the incredible Zoppe family. My son ate his whole Nutella crepe on his own.*Face Painting Available: Don't miss the chance to have your face painted during intermission.*No Pressure Sales: I love that the Zoppe family does not pressure you to purchase food, souvenirs, or extras.*Friendly and Approachable: The Zoppe family is kind & approachable. Feel free to ask for photos with them; they're more than happy to oblige.*Convenient Facilities: There are portable toilets located out front for your convenience.