Circus Returning to
Indian Lake May 24, 25
Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce is
bringing back the Culpepper and
Meriweather Circus. This family owned
circus is reminiscent of one ring
circuses that were common through the
United States many years ago. When
this circus was at Indian Lake two years
ago many of the local residents and
circus "buffs" came out in the morning
to help raise the big top.
Visitors were welcomed
and given a tour as the circus setup the
tents, groomed the animals and started
filling the big top with bleachers, high
wire equipment, refreshment stands,
blowup bounce games, banners, and signs.
Culpepper & Merriweather Great Combined
Circus had very humble beginnings. In
1985, Robert Johnson, Jim Hebert and
Curtis Cainan started a small show. The
three alternated announcing, performing
and selling concessions during each
performance for the first year. They
didn't sell tickets, instead relying on
donations received from passing a hat at
the end of each show. Oblivious to
everyone in the business who told them
they could never succeed, they were able
to gradually add employees, equipment
and animals over the years.
Culpepper & Merriweather Circus was
based in Queen Creek, AZ until 2001,
when new ownership moved its base of
operations to Hugo, OK, deep in the
beautiful Red River Valley. Hugo is
known as "Circus City, USA" for a good
reason. We are the 20th circus to call
Hugo home since 1941, and the fourth
active circus currently operating from
the seat of Choctaw County.
New Upholstery Business
at Indian Lake
ALL SEASONS BOAT & RV UPHOLSTERY - is
now accepting winter projects.
This is the perfect time of the year to
update your upholstery and your covers.
Stop in for a free estimate.
No job too big or small from total
restoration to minor repairs.
Over 20 years experience. Located at
12767 SR 235 north (across from state
park office). Open 6 days a week (closed
Tues.-Fri. 10am-5pm; Sat. 11am-4pm; Sun.
noon-4pm. After hours appointments
available upon request.
Phone 937-935-1652 -