Aug 1, 2013
03:14 AMArts & Entertainment
The Circus Is Coming to Essex, by Train, Reviving Tradition of the Past
Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show photo: That’s ringmaster Bob Bell, who also happens to be president of the Valley Railroad.
The circus is coming! And it’s coming by train.
That’s right. For the next two weekends, the Valley Railroad Circus Train & Big Top Show will be at the Essex Station, transforming it into an old-fashioned summer day’s dream, as the famous Essex steam train will be transformed into a genuine circus train with antique circus wagons that will take you right to the fun.
Think music, clowns, a midway with amusement rides, plenty of circus food, and shows inside a big-top tent.
Guests will park at the Lee Co., 55 Bokum Road in Essex, and then hop aboard the circus train and be whisked away to the Essex Steam Train Station, where they can spend the day enjoying the Big Top just like in the old days. There will be a petting zoo, rides, an acrobat show, puppets performing “Punch and Judy,” and a children’s musician named La La.
It’ll be like going back in time to the old days, when families rode the train to the big top and spent the day playing games and soaking up the wild and crazy entertainment.
The first train departs from the Lee Co. at 9:30 a.m., and the last leaves at 3 p.m. The circus will be in town Saturday and Sunday and July 27-28.
Admission is $20 per person (those under 2 are free), and includes the train ride, the big-top show and midway entertainment. Tickets must be purchased for a specific departure time. Go to essexsteamtrain.com/circus.html to purchase in advance.
For more information, call 800-377-3987 or go to www.essexsteamtrain.com.