Trapeze artist Miss Simone performs at the Culpepper & Merriweather circus. Also a ring master and unicycle performer, she has been touring with the circus since 2003.
The tent in Pleasantville, Iowa.
Leo the Clown cheers up the audience between acts. He is one of the most popular performers and also serves as a tour guide during the morning tent raising.
Miss Natalie, the ringmaster, watches the performance behind the stage. She also presents her dogs as part of the show.
The audience lines up outside the tent in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Miss Paulina at her "Big & Little" show. She also performs in a unicycle act with her family as the Arlise Troupe.
A scene from Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Miss Georgia (left) and Belgica (right) chat before the show.
Leo the Clown poses for a portrait backstage during the show.
Francis rests in the arena before the show. The circus has three big cats, all born in captivity.
Miss Paulina backstage before her "Big & Little" show.
The circus poster appears on the window of a store in Baxter, Iowa.
Big cat trainer Trey Key with Delilah before the show. He is also the circus General Manager.
Miss Paulina puts on makeup and prepares for the act in her trailer.
The Perez Duo–Romario and his father Mamo–pose for a portrait outside the tent. They present "The Wheel of Destiny".
Unicycles are placed outside of the ring before the act begins.
Trapeze artist Miss Simone backstage.
Child on a pony outside the tent in Brooklyn, Iowa.
A night at the circus: the food truck.
Miss Natalie backstage between acts.
Workers pack up the tent after the show –the circus moves to the next destination.