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Celebrate Circus History in French Lick!


Posted on 6/14/2019 by Visit French Lick West Baden

Circus history runs deep in French Lick! The owner of West Baden Springs Hotel in the early part of the 20th Century, Ed Ballard, also owned the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus and brought them to winter quarter in the area. At it’s peak it was the second largest circus in America.

In 2018 the French Lick West Baden Museum honored the 100th anniversary of the 1918 train disaster that claimed the lives of 86 performers, with Circus Day…complete with firebreathers, balloon animals, bounce houses, stilt walkers and a ring master! This year’s Circus Day, June 22, the celebration will be even bigger! They’re adding an axe throwing wagon, carnival games, live music, acrobats, antics by the Hadi Shriners, a costumed pet parade and a book signing. The French Lick West Baden Museum will also be hosting Cirque Ma’Ceo July 25 – 27, a single ring equestrian based circus! Cirque Ma’Ceo will entertain fans of all ages with 9th generation performers and bareback riders.


As you enjoy Circus Day, Cirque Ma’Ceo, and all the other great activities here, be sure to share the fun you’re having at #MyFrenchLick!