Circus Day at last! What excitement and anticipation spread throughout the town! A trip in the early hours to the railroad yards to watch the unloading of the wagons, animals, etc., and then the rumbling caravan's long trek to the Circus grounds. If you were lucky, you got a job hauling water to the thirsty elephants although it seemed as if the trips to the water tap to fill the buckets would never end. At last you were given a pass for the performance. The first thing you did was walk slowly through the Menagerie tent to look at the strange and intriguing animals. Most of these you had seen only in books. What a thrill! Next, the CIRCUS CALLIOPE(CALYOPE) was playing, warning the town that the Circus performance would soon begin and the people began scurrying to the grounds.
Taking a seat, you hoped you would be able to see every bit of the fascinating acts. The great music began with a heraldic sound and the Ringmaster announced the Grand Entry. Prancing horses, lumbering pachyderms, bouncing clowns, lovely ladies, and handsome men paraded around the tent. A tremor of excitement goes through your body - the Circus is beginning! The mighty music from the CIRCUS CALYOPE continues and changes pace with the various acts - moving marches, lively gallops, beautiful ballads, and wonderful waltzes. Only too soon the tremendous Circus was over.
Long after the Circus has gone its way, passages of familiar tunes come back with a haunting tilt or strain to nudge the memory of a marvelous day at the Circus. Brought back are the smell of the hot popcorn, the feel of gooey candy apples, the distinctive odor of the Menagerie and tanbark, the menacing crack of the whip, the Ringmaster's spiel, and the waves of happy laughter rippling throughout the tent, along with the oh's and ah's heard during some spectacular aerial act.