May 30, 2013 - Jun 2, 2013 9 am–6 pm
Circus model builders are men, women, boys and girls who love the circus, and share this love through the exhibition of small-scale circus models of their own creation. These folks hold a deep fascination for the circus and know the process of how historic circuses operated from the minute the first train or truck arrived until fading lights signal that the show had moved on to create wonderful memories in some other town.
These circus models are often perfect miniature versions of an actual circus that traveled throughout America — right down to the last performer, roustabout, elephant, wagon or prop. Whatever the scale, you can be sure it is a true replica of the great institution known as the American circus. Several miniature circus creations will be on exhibit in the W.W. Deppe Wagon Pavilion for all to see.
Jun 1, 2013 9 am–6 pm
America's first subcompact automobile, the Nash Metropolitan, were produced from 1954 to 1962. These diminutive cars have classic auto lines and detailing of a 1950s automobile, but in a Lilliputian-sized package. While most U.S. automobile makers were following a bigger-is-better philosophy, Nash Motor Company executives were offering American buyers an economical transportation alternative.
The Metropolitan was designed in the U.S. as the second car in a two-car family; a personal car for mom to take the kids to school or for shopping and that dad could drive to the railroad station to catch his ride to work. This commuter/shopping car resembled the big Nash, but with a tiny wheelbase shorter than the Volkswagen Beetle. See several of these highly collectible and rare cars on display at Circus World.
Jun 23, 2013 5–9 pm
Don't miss this annual event featuring exceptional chefs, vintners and brewmasters from the finest restaurants in southwestern Wisconsin. Taste signature culinary innovations, and sample a refreshing array of beverages. Enjoy live jazz music and a martini bar while browsing sensational silent auction packages featuring fine art, jewelry, the latest electronics, vacation packages and rare photographic prints from Circus World's priceless collection of glass-plate negatives. A sensational live auction and presentation of the coveted Silver Tray Award to culinary experts in five categories will precede an outstanding circus performance featuring the best of the big top. This festive evening of fun, food and friendship benefits Circus World.
W.W. Deppe Wagon Pavilion
On Lynn Street adjacent to the Parkinson Research Library and Research Center, 415 Lynn St.
Jul 25, 2013 - Jul 28, 2013 9 am–6 pm
Witness an exhibition of G-scale, or garden-scale, model circus railroads, combining the outdoors with the colorful world of the circus. The Glacier Garden Train Club will be on hand to operate and demonstrate their colorful circus trains, handcrafted by members of the club.
Jul 27, 2013 - Jul 28, 2013 5 pm Saturday and 2 pm Sunday (shows run about 90 minutes)
Don't miss Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. This wild-and-wooly re-enactment features cowboys and cowgirls, Texas Longhorns, Civil War cannon, an honest-to-goodness Gatlin gun demonstration, plus trick riding, roping and shooting. Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and a host of other Western characters will be on hand, bringing the Old West to life. Don't miss the thrilling stagecoach hold-up and the territorial bank robbery, and see if Buffalo Bill will be able to save the day!