While the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus might be the most famous act around, it's not the oldest. Or, for that matter, the oddest.
That distinction might go to the Zoppe´Family Circus, which traces its roots back to 1842 Europe and was borne from a French street clown and a Hungarian ballerina stealing off in the night to Venice. The act is now in its sixth generation of performers, and it's spending this weekend at Reid Park.
Performances are scheduled for Friday night (7 p.m.), Saturday (1, 4 and 7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 and 4 p.m.) in what UA Presents — which is sponsoring the circus — calls a "charming one-ring tent" on the southwest part of Reid Park near 22nd Street and Country Club Road.
This is the third year in a row Zoppe´has come to Tucson, said Chad Lehrman, a marketing specialist for UA Presents. In addition to the circus itself, from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday the UA will hold a Children's Festival at Reid Park.
The festival is free, while tickets for Zoppe´range from $30 to $35. For more information, check out the UAPresents' page previewing the circus.