Big Show, No Big Top

Ladies and gentlemen… children of all ages!

Tuesday’s performances of the Piccadilly Circus under the big top of First Niagara Pavilion at the Warren County Fairgrounds had a little bit of everything.

Clowns and contortionists, aerials and animals, juggling and balance, a white tiger in a magic show, the Cossack Warriors on their horses, and Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the Globe of Death.

At the intermission, those in attendance could have their pictures taken in a number of circus event poses – on a motorcycle in the Globe of Death, on a Cossack Warrior horse, or with a giant snake.

The performers did not have to set up a tent. In fact, the Piccadilly Circus has two traveling groups one with tents and one, the one that was in Warren County, without.

Outside the center ring were a variety of other activities.

“We have a petting zoo, pony rides, moon bounce, face painting, and concessions,” Lyne Delmonte, office manager, said Tuesday morning. The required cotton candy was available in abundance.

A “multitude” of animals travel with the circus, she said. There was everything from the white tiger and a zebra, camels, llamas and an alpaca, a young zebu, lemurs, capuchin monkeys, sheep, goats, ponies, horses, and miniature donkeys named Jack and Jill.

The performers hold to a busy schedule.

The circus rolled into Warren County on Monday night after performing in Indiana, Pa. On Wednesday, they’ll take their act to Fredonia, N.Y.

“We do two shows on weekdays, three on weekends,” Delmonte said.

It takes a couple hours each morning to set up and between an hour and an hour and a half to tear down each night.

And they keep up that schedule for eight to 10 months out of the year.