CRESTVIEW — After a year hiatus, the Loomis Bros. Circuswill return to Crestview Nov. 9-11 at Old Spanish Trail Park. Performances are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 10; and 3 p.m. Nov. 11.
Advance tickets cost $10 at several locations including Cooney Island restaurant and Mickey's Grocery and Grill in Baker. Tickets cost $15 at the gate. Military members get a 10 percent discount. Proceeds go to the Main Street Crestview Association, event sponsor.
“It’s a more traditional family circus … there is going to be something for all ages,” owner and ringmaster Justin Loomis said. “We have elephants, tigers and horses that will perform tricks during each performance.”
One elephant particularly should garner some attention.
“Okha is the only elephant in North America that can walk on a ball,” Loomis said.
Specialty acts include an Argentinean family who can juggle with their feet and a comedy act from Melvino the clown.
Kids can ride on elephants one hour before each show, Loomis said. Food and drinks will also be available.
Additionally, three elephants and clowns from the show will appear at the Veterans Day parade 10 a.m. Nov. 10 on Main Street.
Loomis has continued a family tradition handed down from his father, Arnold. Since he was 7, Justin has been involved in the circus business. His father also helped start the Loomis Bros. Circus in 1997.
Out of 10 siblings, three have stayed with the business.
“At one point, they were all involved in the circus,” Loomis said, adding that the circus tours Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
“We feel more at home in smaller communities,” Loomis said. “That’s why I always look forward coming to Crestview.