Circus coming to Wilson County Fairgrounds

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The Zerbini Family Circus will be performing shows Friday and Saturday at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

“This circus has been around for over 80 years. It originally came over from Europe,” said Margaret Valencia, a representative of the Zerbini family. “We have a little bit of everything. We have acrobats. We have jugglers. We have clowns. We have performing dogs. We have ponies. We have performing donkeys. We have aerialists. We have something for everybody.”

According to Valencia, there are 28 people who travel with the circus from February to mid-November. The circus is based out of Myakka City, Florida, and works along the East Coast.

Julian Zerbini is the animal trainer and the master for the performance.

“We’ll be in Wilson this weekend and we’ll have two shows each day,” Valencia said.

The shows are 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday. Each show is about an hour and a half long. Admission is $15 for adults and children under 12 are admitted free with a coupon. According to Valencia, coupons can be found at various Wilson merchants, but they’re also available online by liking the Zerbini Family Circus Facebook page and looking in the comments section.

Discount tickets can be purchased early at the circus website at https://zerbinifamilycircus.com.

Tickets are also available one hour prior to the shows.

“If you come in an hour before, they have pony rides, they have the bounce house set up and they have camel rides that you can do for an additional fee,” Valencia said.

“It is definitely family-orientated entertainment,” Valencia said. “It is under the big top and there are not a lot of circuses left that are under the big top. It is very traditional. It’s a great show and it’s fun for everybody. It’s for family of all ages, children, grandchildren, grandparents, everybody can come out to enjoy it.”

The Zerbinis put on a one-ring circus.

“We have seating all the way around, so there is not a bad seat in the house,” Valencia said. “Circuses have been around for years and years and there are not that many of us left anymore that travel the way that we do. It is really something that is something to see. Everybody is a star performer. Everybody does their own unique act. You won’t see the same act over and over again. Everybody does something different and everybody’s a star.”

Valencia said the crew will start setting up at 8 a.m. Friday.

“It takes us about two and a half hours to set up and when it comes time to tear it down, it takes us about 45 minutes to tear it all down and get it loaded on the trucks before we head out to our next destination,” she said.