Dinosaurs will once again roam the land when the Circus Saurus opens next week for one day only at Maypearl Community Park.

A Carson and Barnes production, Circus Saurus is touring throughout Texas to bring the prehistoric back to life. Ringmaster Erik Bautista said all sorts of performers will be dressed in dinosaur outfits and perform circus tricks, just like you’d see in any other show.

“There’s raptors, there’s a T-Rex in the ring,” Bautista said. “And the Wooly Mammoth. You can’t forget about that.”

Growing up in a family full of performance artists, Bautista said he'd been a performer all his life. From juggling to trapeze, Bautista said he had done it all in the many shows that he performed in the past.

Yet, Bautista said he’s never seen anything like Circus Saurus.

“It looks amazing,” he said. “The whole cast coming together with the dinosaurs in the ring. It’s something you don’t expect at all at a circus.”

Sponsored by the Friends of Maypearl community organization, Circus Saurus will be preceded by a free elephant shower at 3 p.m., where they bathe and clean their animals before the show. The circus will then proceed into its regular lineup complete with dinosaurs and elephants.

Friends of Maypearl board member Stephen Daniel said the circus distributed 12,000 free tickets to surrounding school districts, including Maypearl ISD, Venus ISD and Waxahachie ISD.

Bautista said his favorite part of the show is interacting with the kids in the crowd.

“I get to interact with the whole crowd,” he said. “By the time the show begins, I feel close to them. We bonded. We have a friendship. I say hi to them. They give me high fives. You take pictures during the show. It’s exciting. I love it.”

The show will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Maypearl Community Park. Tickets can be purchased online for $6 to $26 at Use the coupon code “DINO-MITE” online to get a free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Editor's Note: The show has been rescheduled to 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 due to rain. 


David Dunn, @DavidDunnInTX