A tradition continues this year at the Rouse Estate.
Kelly Miller Circus is set to return for two shows. Emily Whitaker, Rouse marketing coordinator, said it's the third year the estate has sponsored the event.
"We do so every other year," Whitaker said. "On the off years, we hold a large estate-wide picnic."
While proceeds from the circus benefit the Rouse, Whitaker said the main goal is to offer an activity for community members of all ages. Rouse residents, children and family members look forward to it, she said, and she hopes the community will join them.
Although the Rouse shows have never sold out, Whitaker said they would like to this year. The estate purchases tickets for residents, so there will be at least 200 of them in attendance.
Children tend to enjoy the animals, Whitaker said, and the residents are looking forward to the event. Crowds seem to respond well, she said, and there's a lot of excitement.
Before the shows, Whitaker said performing elephants are used to help set up the circus. Members of the public are invited to watch as they do.
According to the circus, elephants will start helping raise the big top at around 9 a.m. on the day of the shows, Tuesday, July 17. This event is free and a veteran performer will be on hand to talk about the circus.
Shows start at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children and are available at United News, Howe's True Value, Town & Country Food Center and Tops Friendly Market in Youngsville and Sheffield.
Tickets will also be available on show day at the circus box office. They will be $15 for adults and $7 for children.
Acts include elephants, camels, dogs, jugglers, trapeze artists, tigers and clowns. This season, the circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and perform in over 200 cities.