Baraboo celebrates 130 years of circus tradition

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

Posted Sunday, July 27, 2014 -- 12:30 p.m.

"These are things that are one of a kind and kind of unique in all of the world."

When you hear people like Randolph McHone say exactly that, you wouldn't necessarily think he is talking about a place nearby.

"Baraboo, Wisconsin has the biggest collection in all the world," he added, making clear that yes -- he is in fact talking about somewhere close.

Baraboo is celebrating 130 years of their circus tradition this weekend, and Saturday's parade was a certain highlight.

It's something that McHone couldn't stand to miss; it was even worth a trip up from Iowa.

"This is where circus history just really incubated and began in the United States," McHone explained.

There was certainly plenty to see and plenty to do for all ages.

Take Tiffany Olson and her son Bauer for example.

"It's a nice long parade, great bands," Olson said as she held up her son to see over the crowd.

They made the trip up from Stoughton -- quite the the hike as well -- but they say it was worth every minute.

For McHone, it's even more than a hobby.

"I have about a month left on my job to retire... and then I will," he said with a smile in response to whether or not he'd want to join a circus one day.

For him, it's never too late to change sails -- especially with a sneak peak in Baraboo.

The celebration in Baraboo wraps up Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with a performance under the big top.

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