Culpepper and Merriweather Circus put on a must-see show in Red Oak Saturday, as a real, old-fashioned circus under the Big Top complete with elephants, trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, clowns and more were presented to a mixed audience of children, adults and grandparents.

Welcoming everyone to the show was one of the four selected ringmasters, fourth-grader Olivia Moore as she was dressed to impress.

“I enjoyed being the ringmaster and speaking before everyone at the circus,” Moore said.

Moore, a student at Wooden Elementary, won one of the essay writing contests entitled, “If I Could Run Away to the Circus,” which landed her the ringmaster title. There were also three other students from the other elementary schools opening the other shows as ringmasters.

Red Oak Health and Rehabilitation Center sponsored the circus in celebration of its fifth anniversary at its location, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the North Ellis County Outreach.

“I think this is a great thing for Red Oak because all proVille Italiana and will include stuffed chicken breast cut into medallions, prime ribs, vegetable medley, an assortment of desserts and wine and beer included with the purchase of a ticket.

For listening pleasures, big band music, similar to that of the Glenn Miller era, will be played throughout the evening.

Craig Meier of Meier Auctioneers in Ennis will handle the auction.

“I heard that he is very good so I think he’s going to be excellent,” Chase said. “I’m just thrilled that he was able to do it for us on such short notice. It was only by the grace of God that he was available.”

As of last report, there are 128 items for the auction, with additional ones collected every day.

The items include a seven-day Royal Caribbean Cruise on the Voyager of the Seas, pieces of jewelry, a barnyard clock complete with saddle, a 4-feet dark-stained oak constitutional bench and original oil paintings.

“Last year, we filled the center’s capacity and we are looking to do the same with this year’s event,” Chase said. “We’ve always received pretty good responses from the community in the past.”

She credits the dedication and hard work of the chamber committee in making the event a success year after year.

“I have the best committee that a person could ask for,” she said. “It’s (the event) one of those things that take a whole team to do so all of us banded together and got some momentum going. I have some really great workers and this couldn’t happen without them and their hard work.”

For more information about the auction, call (972) 617-0906.

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