The Carson-Barnes Circus will play in Bladen County Oct. 14. The five-ring circus will hold two shows at the old White Lake Airport. All proceeds go to the White Lake-Bladen County Water Rescue Squad.
Advance tickets are $10 for ages 12 to adult, and $5 for children ages 2-11. Tickets at the gate are $14 for adults and $7 for children.
Tickets may be purchased from any Water Rescue member, or online at Carsonbarnescircus.com.
Two shows will be held at White Lake, at noon and 7 p.m.
Carson-Barnes not only has the largest big top in the world today, but the circus rarely stays in any town more than one night.
Each morning, the performers, animal trainers and crew break down the big top, pack up more than 80 trucks and recreational vehicles and set out for the next show.
The public is welcome to watch the erection of the tent, which usually takes place an hour or so after dawn.
The main tent is larger than a football field, covering an area the size of a city block.
The circus has more than 100 exotic animals, ranging from monkeys to elephants.
The pachyderms are the stars of the show. At one point in time, the circus transported two dozen elephants to every show. The elephants are used in the traditional manner to raise the poles for the big top.
Carson-Barnes recently celebrated the debut of Jennie, a four-year-old Asian elephant. Jennie is the first product of an Asian elephant breeding program sponsored by Carson-Barnes.