Loomis Bros. Circus coming to town this weekend

Loomis Bros Circus

"Miss Irene," a performer in the Loomis Bros. Circus, sits in an elephant’s trunk. The elephants — along with acrobats, Siberian tigers and other acts — will perform Nov. 8-11 at Old Spanish Trail Park. They also will appear in the Crestview Veterans Day Parade, 9 a.m. Nov. 11 on Main Street.

LOOMIS BROS. CIRCUS/Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 01:23 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North Okaloosa residents and visitors can expect to see acrobats, performing elephants, Siberian and Royal Bengal tigers and other attractions next week when the Loomis Bros. Circus comes to town.

The circus will present eight shows Nov. 8-11 at Old Spanish Trail Park.

It’ll be a homecoming for ringmaster Justin Loomis, whose mom, Paulette Loomis, and sister live in Crestview. Paulette sings "God Bless America" to start each Crestview performance.

During the city's Nov. 11 Veterans Day parade, the renowned Loomis Bros. Circus elephants will join other groups to honor U.S. veterans.

This is the fourth year the Main Street Crestview Association has sponsored the traveling circus, which is now in its 16th year.

Previously the association hosted traveling carnivals, member Cal Zethmayr said. However, there were accountability issues regarding the association's percentage of the ticket office take.

"I started calling around to see what other carnivals or events were available," Zethmayr said. "Then I ran into Mrs. Paulette Loomis at a Main Street event and she said, 'Well, my son has a circus.'"

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