Traveling circus makes its way across Western and Central Nebraska

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The Culpepper & Merriweather Combined Circus is making its way through Western and Central Nebraska.

A contortionist from the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus performs to a crowd in Sutherland, NE. (SOURCE: KNOP-TV/Jace Barraclough)

On Sunday they performed two shows at the Sutherland Rodeo Arena, and they will be traveling to Cozad for two more performances on Monday evening.

With such a stunning show containing many props and structures it's hard to imagine having to build and take down each piece every single day.

"Well, we're very lucky. We're very good and confident with a competent crew," said C & M Circus' World's Furriest Funny Man Leo Acton.

"They can put up the big top in right around three hours- that's their average up time. They can take it down in about an hour and a half. So, tonight when the show is over by about an hour and a half we'll be heading down the road to Cozad."

Acton is a circus clown who has been performing since the 90's professionally.

"I always thought the circus was an amazing and beautiful thing but I thought you had to be born into it," Acton said.

"But, when I was in high school I found out about the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and I was fortunate to be apart of that since 1996. I've been touring with one circus or another non-stop since then."

The show boasts a trapeze artist, a contortionist, a lion, two tigers, multiple dogs and other incredible acts.

"We have amazing acts and acrobats from all over North America, from Canada down to Mexico and everything in-between. Even an amazing new artist from France," Acton said about the performers.

"We have beautiful and healthy animals both domestic and exotic with our incredible tigers and our lion. Of course our beautiful horses- big and little. Then our amazing American Eskimo dogs. They come all the way from Paris... Texas."

The shows continue tomorrow at the Rodeo Grounds in Gothenburg at 5 and 7:30 p.m.