MONARCH — It’s almost time for the circus to be in town and the students at Monarch Elementary School got to enjoy some of the fun they can expect when it arrives courtesy of a Wednesday morning visit by “Mr. Greggy.”
The Union Rotary Club is bringing “The Zerbini Family Circus” to the Union County Fairgrounds Friday, April 11, and Saturday April 12.
No circus is complete without clowns and the students at Monarch Elementary School got to experience what is like to be entertained by a clown when Mr. Greggy came to the school cafeteria.
Mr. Greggy spent an hour at MES, an hour full of laughter as the children delighted in his unsuccessful, but hilarious attempts at magic and other silly antics.
The visit by Mr. Greggy to MES and similar performances Tuesday morning at Lockhart School and Foster Park Elementary School and today at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, Buffalo Elementary School and Union Christian Day School were all sponsored by Rotary.
Paul Winters, chairman of the Special Events Committee, said the purpose of the performances is to, first, raise public awareness of the circus’ visit to Union County and, second, to provide parents with the means to bring their children to the circus at reduced cost.
At each performance, coupons that allow parents to purchase tickets for their children at reduced cost were distributed. With a coupon, a child’s ticket can be purchased at the advance ticket sale locations for $5 off the $10 price at the gate.
An adult ticket, which will cost $12 at the gate, can be purchased at the advance ticket sale locations for $10.
Advance tickets to the circus are being sold at:
• Provide Community Bank
• Arthur State Bank
• Union County Courthouse
• City of Union Municipal Building
• Clemson Extension
• Union Housing Authority Office
• Correll Insurance
• USC Union
• Wallace Thomson Hospital
Winters added that the advance ticket sale locations will be selling tickets until noon Friday, April 11.
The Zerbini Family Circus is scheduled to arrive in Union on Tuesday, April 8, and beginning putting up their tent the following day.
Winters said the circus provides good, wholesome family fun including animal acts, aerial artists, jugglers, comedy balancing acts and, of course, clowns.
Rotary is sponsoring the circus as a successor fund raising event to its aluminum drive which the club recently discontinued. As it did with the funds raised through the aluminum drive and other fundraisers it conducts throughout the year, Rotary will use the funds generated by the circus to continue its support for local organizations such as the Dixie Youth, Boy Scouts, Meals on Wheels, and Potters Storehouse.