Hundreds came out to enjoy the circus
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Over 800 Sioux Lookout and area residents came out to enjoy The Great Benjamins Circus at the baseball diamonds on October 2.
“When I saw that they were touring, I thought they’d be a great show to bring to Sioux Lookout,” said Recreation & Culture Department manager Rick Ladouceur.
The Great Benjamins Circus describes themselves, “We are a family of 3rd generation Circus performers originating out of Mexico and the United States. Our Circus is a one of a kind experience. Featuring Clowns, Juggling, Acrobats, Daredevils, and much more! We pride ourselves in bringing to you one of the oldest forms of live family entertainment. Our goal is to entertain children of all ages. We travel to the smaller communities throughout the United States and Canada.”
They presented two shows, one at 4:30 p.m. and another one at 7:00 p.m.; both were packed with people. The high attendance was encouraging to both the performers and organizers.
“It makes us feel very good. If people are enjoying the show it makes us perform even better because it feels like they’re appreciating our work for them. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into putting on these shows, so when people are enjoying it we have a good time too,” said circus manager John Davenport.
“I’ve already had people telling me it was very good, entertaining, and good value for your money, so I hope it was a very positive experience for the community. It’s always nice to have this kind of entertainment right in our backyards instead of having to travel outside of town,” said Ladouceur.
The Great Benjamins Circus travels to small communities throughout North America and so far this year, as of last week, they’ve performed in 289 communities. They shared that they enjoy coming to Canada, and they enjoyed their first experience in Sioux Lookout.
“This is my first time coming to Sioux Lookout, but we’ve been traveling to Canada the past ten years and I love it,” said Davenport.
“It’s very beautiful here. There are a lot of lovely places to take photos, and it’s very nice here,” he continued.
Davenport shared that life on the road isn’t always fun. Most of the tour is spent setting up the circus during early hours, taking it down during late hours and being back on the road for the next show, which is often the very next day.
“We perform pretty much every day. We start in January and we go until late-November, so we’re pretty much on the round ten and a half months out of the year,” he explained.
Following the shows in Sioux Lookout, The Great Benjamins Circus was immediately back on the road and headed to Atikokan, where they performed on Oct. 3. From there, the group traveled to Thunder Bay for shows from Oct. 4-6 and then on to Geraldton, Nipigon, Marathon, Wawa, and Blind River.
The success of recent entertainment opportunities in Sioux Lookout has encouraged Ladouceur to plan and potentially provide more of these opportunities for residents.
“So far, the circus and the wrestling have been successful, so we’re hoping to continue to bring in and plan more fun and entertaining things to Sioux Lookout,” he concluded.