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Circus World kicks off summer performance season in Wisconsin

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Posted at 11:51 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 12:51:43-04
BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- While the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus has performed its final show, Circus World in Wisconsin has opened for the summer season with a bigger tent and a Ringling reunion.
 
The Baraboo museum opened Friday. This year's circus show is named "That 70s Circus," paying homage to the traditional American circus along with 1970s tunes and clothing, the Baraboo News Republic reported.
 
Circus World ringmaster Dave SaLoutos said he was pleased with how the performances unfolded despite transportation issues delaying the tent's arrival last week.
 
"It was really incredible," he said. "Today everything just kind of congealed in a good way."
 
Two new acts feature Big Apple Circus veteran Jenny Vidbel and her troupe of performing horses, ponies, canines and mini pig, Velma. Another new performance features the "Wacky, One-Wheeled Wonder" Wesley Williams riding a 25-foot unicycle around the big top's performance ring and a dizzying display by New York juggler Jacob D'Eustachio.
 
Circus World also brought back several popular acts from last year, including performances by Brazilian acrobat Adilson Fernandes.
 
SaLoutos said it's hard to determine which acts were crowd favorites.
 
"It's like every act that goes on is a favorite until the next one hits," he said.