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Under The Big Top at Circus World

Join us Under the Big Top at Circus World every Thursday at 7:15am with an encore show Fridays at 6:45am. You’ll hear the latest in Circus news from Scott O’Donnell, Dave SaLoutos, “Heavy” Burdick and other Circus World staff.

Learn about Circus World’s Stupendous 2017 Big Top Shows. Stay up-to-date on the Colossal Baraboo Circus Homecoming and Gigantic Big Top Parade, both coming to Baraboo this July!

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This week we are happy welcome our wonderful partners from the Baraboo National Bank! Merlin Zitzner, Corey Davis and Tara Zitzner all join to talk about the bank’s remarkable 160 year anniversary and the unique history between the Baraboo National Bank and the Ringling Bros. Circus. Scott O’Donnell will also preview the Homecoming and 5th annual Big Top Parade just over a week away!

Listen back to the previous episodes of Under the Big Top at Circus World!

Episode #21- 7-6-17

We were joined by Circus World’s elephant presenter, Dean Manuel. Dean discusses his background, his daily duties with the elephants and we also talked about Kelly’s world-famous stroll from last week. Scott O’Donnell also previews the next few busy weeks ahead for Circus World and Baraboo!

Episode #20- 6-29-17

We are excited to welcome Peggy Williams to the show. Peggy has worked with Ringling Bros in various roles for nearly 50 years. She also holds the special distinction as the first ever female clown hired by the Ringling Bros. Circus. As always Scott O’Donnell will also join to let us know what’s going on at Circus World and preview the Homecoming Celebration in less than a month!

Episode #19 – 6-22-17

This week in addition to Scott O’Donnell we are joined by Barbara Pflughaupt and Greg DeSanto. Barbara was in charge of National PR for Ringling Bros Circus for 15 years and also serves as PR lead for the Homecoming in July. Greg is the Executive Director of the International Clown Hall of Fame and is also one of the planners for the Homecoming event.

Episode #18 – 6-15-17

Scott O’Donnell returns to recap last Sunday’s Circus of Chefs Gala and fill us in on all the action at Circus World! We are also excited to be joined by Nanci Caflisch, Co-Chair of the spectacular 5th Annual Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration! Listen to get all the details on the upcoming events and check out their website at http://bigtopparade.com!

Episode #17 – 6-8-17

This week we hear from Ryan of ShowMe Tigers. He and his tigers return to Baraboo in July and August for the Tiger Adventures show at Circus World. Learn all about his group of tigers and what he has planned for the 2017 season!

Episode #16 – 6-1-17

Our special guests are Robert Trader and Candice Storley. Robert is the understudy ringmaster and effervescent host of Kids’ World Circus daily at Circus World. Candice performs as an aerialist and also works up close with Kelly and Ila, the two beautiful elephants at Circus World! Learn all about their backgrounds and how they ended up in Baraboo.

Episode #15 – 5-25-17

We need another extended edition of the show with Scott O’Donnell joining to discuss his busy opening weekend. Not only did Circus World officially open for the Summer Season, but Scott also attended the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in New York. Don’t miss it as he describes the energy and emotions of that final show.

Episode #14 – 5-18-17

With the 2017 Summer Season opening tomorrow, Scott O’Donnell will fill us in on the final preparations currently taking place at Circus World! We will also have astonishing unicyclist Wesley Williams on the show to talk about his act as well as his journey to Baraboo!

Episode #13 – 5-11-17

Special Expanded Edition of “Under the Big Top at Circus World.” 32 Sensational Minutes with Father Jerry Hogan, National Circus Chaplain.

Episode #12 – 5-4-17

We were joined by Steve & Ryan the two hilarious clowns behind the show “Nothing But Nonsense”.  Learn all about their preparation for the much-anticipated “Nothing But Nonsense – Part DUH” featured at Circus World this season! The duo will also discuss how they first teamed up and there may be a laugh or two along the way!

Episode #11 – 4-27-17

Jeff, Scott and Dave are joined by fantastic juggler Jacob D’Eustachio, who will be joining the crew at Circus World this summer. Learn how Jacob got started juggling, the amazing places it has taken him and what you will see during his show this season.

Episode #10 – 4-20-17

We welcome Jim Kieffer from the local Circus Fans of America chapter known as the Gollmar Moeller Ringling CFA Tent #100. Jim serves as vice president of this Baraboo tent and will discuss the history of the local chapter, why it’s here, the benefits of being a member and more!

Episode #9 – 4-13-17

Jeff, Scott and Dave talk with Jenny Vidbel, who will be performing with her cast of animals this season at Circus World. She’ll preview all the Horses, Ponies and Dogs that will join her in Baraboo this summer and FINALLY we will get the details on her pig named Velma!

Episode #8 – 4-6-17

The show will be full of laughs as Steve Copeland one of the two clowns behind the hilarious show “Nothing But Nonsense” will talk about Part “DUH” coming this season to Circus World. Scott O’Donnell and Dave SaLoutos also talk more about the huge 2017 season in store at Circus World.

Episode #7 – 3-30-17

Scott O’Donnell and Dave SaLoutos return to update us on the huge season in store at Circus World. Also Bill Johnson joins to talk about some of his iconic photography that will be featured this season.

Episode #6 – 3-23-17

Under the Big Top at Circus World is back again and so are Scott O’Donnell and Dave SaLoutos. In addition they brought along Larry Stout and Amber Giddings to talk about two of our favorite parts of the Circus: the Music and the Food!

Episode #5 – 3-16-17

This week Jeff was joined by Peter Shrake, Archivist at the Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Center located at Circus World. Learn about the colossal collection of Circus books, documents, photos, posters and so much more!

Episode #4 – 3-9-17

Scott and Dave return to the show and we welcome “Heavy” Burdick “Under the Big Top” for the first time.

Episode #3 – 3-2-17

Scott O’Donnell and Dave SaLoutos  preview the  season in store at Circus World!

Episode #2 – 2-23-17

The second COLOSSAL episode of Under the Big Top at Circus World! Scott O’Donnell and Dave SaLoutos return to preview the huge season in store at Circus World!

Episode #1 – 2-16-17

The Inaugural episode of Under the Big Top at Circus World!