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Step Right Up For Family Fun at Shelburne Museum

SHELBURNE, Vt. (July 19, 2012) The greatest show on earth comes to Shelburne Museum on Sunday. Circus-palooza is a circus-themed extravaganza for the whole family.

The event features aerial acts, carnival games and performances throughout the day. Under the Big Top there will be three shows by former Cirque du Soleil aerialists, contortionists and world renowned jugglers from Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures.

Circus-palooza  starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m.  The non-stop fun celebrates the museum’s circus collection, which features two miniature circuses – one of them 500-feet long – and rare, early circus posters.

Here’s what is in store at Circus-palooza:

  • Three Big Top shows featuring aerial acts by former Cirque du Soleil performers and twin sisters Serenity Smith Forchion and Elise Smith and juggling acts featuring award-winning juggler Tony Duncan.
  • Frenchy and the Punk, internationally touring New York, Bohemian cabaret duo.
  • Clowning around with performers Bucket O’ Fun
  • Face painting
  • Ring toss, balloon darts and other carnival favorites
  • Carousel Rides
  • Strolling performances

Everything is included in the price of regular admission, which is $20 for adults, $10 for children. Note: for Vermont residents admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 37 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.  The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts.


Twin sisters Serenity Smith Forchion and Elise Smith  are featured performers under the Big Top  at Circus-palooza at Shelburne Museum on Sunday, July 22. Both are former Cirque du Soleil performers. The event also includes aerialists, carnival games and live music.

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Shelburne Museum
6000 Shelburne Road
PO Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482