EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally published on Richland Source in 2014.

It’s a thrill when the Circus comes to town … doesn’t matter whether it was in 1907 or 2014.

In 1907 the John Sparks Circus made a grand entrance into Butler with a little parade to show off their calliope and their elephant. A century later, the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus invited all the schoolkids out to watch them put up the big top.

Imagine having to go back to classes with that circus tent standing in the back yard.

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