Westminster Village invites public to free circus day August 6

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The day's festivities also include extensive displays of miniature circuses created by more than a dozen members of the Circus Model Builders from Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The public is invited to a free circus day at Westminster Village, 2741 N. Salisbury St. in West Lafayette on Saturday, August 6, from 9:00a to 3:00p.

Guests can enjoy free hot dogs, cotton candy, crackerjacks, popcorn and other circus treats; learn how clowns put on their makeup; and watch a one-person performance about P.T. Barnum and other famous circus professionals at 11:00a and 1:00p.

The day’s festivities also include extensive displays of miniature circuses created by more than a dozen members of the Circus Model Builders from Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.

“We’ll have thousands of pieces on display in multiple scales, from Z scale (1:220) to 1:24 scale,” said Ralph Johnson, a Westminster resident, who’s been building circus models since 1954.

“Wagons, trains, trucks, animals and circus acts will fill 24 tables in Whitsel Hall. Most of these circus displays are models of what you would have seen between 1900 and 1950, when trains transported the circus,” Johnson said.

Outside, a 12-foot, side-opening trailer will feature a 1:48-size moving display that took 20 years to make. “It has 27 miniature motors under the tables, 500 miniature light bulbs, 600 people, 168 animals and circus music playing,” Johnson said. Another outside attraction will be a miniature, working air calliope.

The event is part of a year of 35th anniversary celebration activities marking the founding of Westminster Village.

Opened in 1976 as a continuing care community and expanded over the years, Westminster Village is today home to 350 residents who live in single-family houses, independent-living apartments, assisted living apartments and the Health Center at Westminster Village.

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