For 140 years, it has shocked and entertained thousands of audiences. Now “the greatest show on Earth” will be rolling into Augusta for a four-day performance.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, the Fully Charged Gold Edition, will be at the James Brown Arena on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. A special school performance will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Doors will open an hour before show time.
All ticket-holders will be able to meet the entertainers, see the animals and try on costumes at the All Access Pre-Show Party, according to the circus’ website. The party is free and occurs an hour before each show.
On Wednesday, the public will be able to meet one of the circus’ biggest attractions. Elephants will be brought out to the arena plaza to enjoy their Elephant Brunch of fruits, vegetables and bread loaves at 2 p.m.
“The Ringling people will talk about (them as they eat),” said Tyler Wright, Augusta Entertainment Complex marketing manager. “Day cares, schools and anyone within walking distance usually comes out in full force.”
This event is free, as well.
This Fully Charged show promises to provide a “powerful surge of circus entertainment that celebrates performance power and boosts circus-goers’ excitement,” according to a release.
The next time the circus will perform this edition will be on Feb. 14 in Florence, according to its website.
Tickets are $21, $26, $31 and $37. Group sales are available; for more information, call group sales manager Mike Cecchini at 706-262-4573 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.georgialinatix.com or www.ringling.com, stop by the James Brown Arena Champion’s Box Office or call 1-877-4AUGTIX.
The James Brown Arena is located at 601 Seventh St.
For more information, visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, the Fully Charged Gold Edition
Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.
$21, $26, $31 and $37
James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St., Augusta
Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com or www.ringling.com.
Wednesday, 2 p.m.
James Brown Arena Complex, 601 Seventh St., Augusta.
MCT file photo As of 2003, cannonballer and clown, Jon Weiss, 41, of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, had been shot out of the cannon more than 5,500 times since 1987.×
MCT Photo A member of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Baily Circus rides one of the circus elephants down 7th Street N.W. in Washington, D.C., during the circus' annual parade March 27, 2000.×
MCT file Photo A clown pretends to fly on a float heading down 7th St. N.W. in Washington, D.C., during the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus annual parade on March 27, 2000.×
Submitted photo Elephants chow down at a past Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Elephant Brunch outside the James Brown Arena in Augusta.×
MCT Photo Svetlana Shemsheeva brought the cat act she invented to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1998.×