One of the world's largest big tops went up Tuesday near the Columbia County Government Complex in Evans.
"It's only been up three times," said Serge Coronas, owner of Circus Hollywood of Bradenton, Fla., which will present shows through Sunday under the big tent off Washington Road.
Acts range from fancy French poodles in fabulous costumes to a human cannonball. There also are motorcyclists in the Globe of Death, jugglers, clowns and trapeze acts in a two-hour show.
The event, a fund-raiser for the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, also features a petting zoo with ponies, camels, giraffes and other animals.
Tickets to the circus are $10, or $5 for an 11 a.m. show today for school groups. Proceeds will help add a DARE anti-drug abuse program at middle schools and pay for a youth summer camp, said Capt. Rick Whitaker of the department's community services office.
Since this is the first year for the circus fund-raiser, tried, it's hard to predict how much money will be raised. However, Capt. Whitaker said he hoped this would become an annual event.
What: Circus Hollywood
Where: Big top at Columbia County Government Complex off Washington Road in Evans
When: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today, 1, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10, available at the Columbia County Sheriff's Department, Wachovia Bank branches, Putt-Putt Golf and Games and Bobby Jones Ford, or call 278-4TIX or order online at www.tixonline.com; benefits youth programs of the Columbia County Sheriff's Department
8 tonight and Saturday night, 3 p.m. Sunday:
The Augusta Players production of The Sound of Music, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $8-$28; 826-47072 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:
Wonderful Wire Things, Zany Brainy, 267 Robert C. Daniel Parkway; 736-6229
Today through Sunday:
Boshears Memorial Fly-In, air show and midway carnival at Daniel Field; gates open 4 p.m. today, 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Big Help Day: children younger than 12 (must be accompanied by a parent) can help fight hunger by volunteering at the Golden Harvest Food Bank; 736-1199, Ext. 2087 p.m.
Reading Rainbow at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway; 860-23104 p.m.
Story Time in the Garden; senior citizens will read popular books to ages 8 and younger at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken; program will move to the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center in the event of rain; (803) 642-7631
Reach Charmain Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.