PERU, Ind. (WLFI) - From high flying acrobatics to clowns, the Peru Circus has it all.
For more than five decades the Peru Circus has been entertaining families, but executive secretary Sandy Ploss said it’s been building them too.
“You become a family down here,” said Ploss.
For the past 55 years, performers ages 7 to 21 have been performing during the week long summer performance season.
“Lots and lots of practice. You have to be strong,” said performer Ashley Collins. “You have to do push ups and sit ups.”
Practice is just part of the experience for performers like Collins. The seven year acrobat says it’s taught her some valuable lessons.
“The friendships, and the hard work, and the discipline that it takes; and it’s taught me that I want all those values in my life,” Collins said.
Ploss said the hard work and discipline has kept the show going.
“These kids work very, very hard,” said Ploss. “They don’t get paid. Their payment is your applause.”
The summer performances take place during Peru’s Circus City Festival. Families have their chance to see the circus July 12 through July 20.