Provided by Lincoln City Cultural Center
LINCOLN CITY – Miniature elephants, tiny clowns and very little “big tops” will be rolling into Lincoln City for the National Convention of Circus Model Builders International, Sept. 14-18. Members will be coming from around the world to show their intricate reproductions of circuses, both real and imagined. Displays will be open to the public at the cultural center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission will be free.
Modelers will be coming from all over the United States, and from as far away as New South Wales, to take part in the 75th anniversary of Circus Model Builders International. These hobbyists come from all walks of life, men and women, boys and girls. But they all share a love of the circus, and a desire to build and own a circus of their own.
Displays at the cultural center will include tented shows and dioramas depicting various phases of circus life, as well as replicas of old-fashioned street parades. They are in different scales, as well.
“These builders simply love the circus. They know the progress of a circus day, from the minute the first train or truck pulls into sight until their headlights fade into the distance. A circus model builder’s goal is to own a show in miniature, right down to the last performer, roustabout, bull, wagon or prop,” said convention chairman Bob Maahs. “Whatever the size, one wagon or a complete show, you can be sure it is a true replica of this great institution.”