If you were driving around Belconnen during the Easter 2017 school holidays, you may have noticed a massive tent that had appeared opposite the Westfield on Emu Bank. Where there was once a vacant asphalt plain, stood The Loritz Circus.

The show was loud and fast. Pyrotechnics kept the atmosphere heaving and I genuinely found myself worrying for the fate of some of these performers.

Of course, a range of clowns kept the sense of fun alive inside the tent, depending on your view of clowns; some of them definitely err on the side of creepy rather than comedy. You wouldn’t want to meet some of these folks in a dark alley, that’s for sure.

Motorbikes whizzed around a circular cage while gymnasts flung themselves around on an elevated trapeze. Closer to the ground typical circus acts took place involving rings, ponies and overacting ringmasters, and it’s nice and tame for the younger viewers.

For those craving thrills there were some death defying acts in store; a man running around a mechanical ring that’s swinging up and down was a genuine highlight.

For small children, intermissions had pony rides for them to enjoy. Adults without kids had to skip these parts and leave the tent to avoid the embarrassment of being told they couldn’t ride the ponies.

The Loritz Circus was enjoyed by people of all ages, even if it was geared towards those of a younger disposition; particularly when all the shows took place in the day, and many before midday.

There’s nothing quite like the circus.

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