The Carson and Barnes Family Circus has arrived, hoisting its huge big top just west of St. Michael City Hall Tuesday morning and delighting a crowd of more than 100 adults and kids with an elephant bath shortly before lunch.
Here’s a video of the bath, which was delivered by St. Michael Fire Department volunteers and FYCC head Sandra Greninger:
After their “hose-down,” the pachyderms were treated to a whole watermelon, which they stomped and scooped for a tasty treat.
Shows are set for today at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. under the big top. Outside, there is a large petting zoo and several animals who are featured in the circus are also on display, including the circus’ famous elephants.
The circus’ appearance in St. Michael was arranged by FYCC, which is supported by the cities of St. Michael and Albertville. Tickets are available at several local businesses, including First American Bank, Casey’s General Store, Kremer Toy and Hobby and Hardware Hank, among others.
A “peaceful protest” against the circus, which historically has been cited for its treatment of animals, among other violations, is planned between the 4:30 and 7:30 shows, or around 6:30 p.m.