INDIANAPOLIS — Did you know Peru, Indiana is called the Circus Capital of the World?
Peru has hosted circuses since the early 1900s, and professional circus acts often wintered there. The town started an amateur circus featuring local kids 60 years ago, and the tradition has continued ever since.
This year’s Peru Amateur Circus runs July 16-23. There’s also the Circus City Festival in downtown Peru July 18-23 with games rides, food vendors and more. The fun wraps up with a huge parade on July 23 at 10 a.m. It’s one of the largest parades in the state.
The circus features 220 kids — all from Miami County — who train for months before the show. Kids can start auditioning at age 7 and they’re eligible to participate until age 21.
Acts include the high wire, juggling, aerials, tumbling, trampoline acts, the high-flying trapeze and much more, set to the music of a circus band.
There are 10 afternoon and evening shows over eight days, and tickets range in price from $6-$15. Members of the military get $2 off.