Under the Big Top: Edmond’s Wintering Circus

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! The Edmond History Museum presents the exhibit Under the Big Top: Edmond’s Overwintering Circus. The exhibit, featuring Edmond’s circus history from the 1940s to 1976, will open Jan 26, 2024 and remain open through the summer. 

Edmond was ideally located for a circus overwintering ground because of its location along the railroad and highways. A portion of land along Kelly Avenue was home to two circuses, the Clyde Bros Circus and Hagen Bros Circus. Each winter, animal training and new acts were in progress during the off season. Some Edmondites still remember hearing lions roar in the distance. The exhibit features the circus’ history, including artifacts, and photographs.