By Travis Sloat
When 5-year-old Madison Moore goes to the Santa Claus Holiday Circus, she wants to ride a reindeer.
“And snow to fall from the ceiling,” Madison said.
Traditionally, circuses feature tightrope walkers and fire jugglers, but Friday’s circus is all about Santa Claus and holiday cheer. The American Legion Post 20 is sponsoring the Santa Claus Holiday Circus, which will be coming to Fort Gibson with shows at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Tim Smith, the commander of Post 20, said the post was looking for different ways to replenish their funds at the end of the year.
“We’ve helped a widow with a funeral, sponsored some kids at Boys State and put a new roof on our building,” Smith said. “I think this will be something that Fort Gibson residents will get a kick out of.” Ticket sellers for the event are Wise Owl Coffee Shop and SonBurst Graphics. The Circus will have two showtimes, one at 5:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children and $8 for adults if purchased ahead of time, and $8 and $12 if purchased on show day. Smith said he hoped the unique event would be enjoyed by adults and kids alike, and even dropped a few clues about a possible surprise visitor. “We all know Santa will show up,” he said, “but rumor has it the Grinch might show up too. I’ve been to a lot of circuses, but never one that was Christmas-themed.” The show will feature about 25 different performers and a trick horse show among many other things, he said.