Town of Avon

For Immediate Release | August 25, 2017                            

New Acts, Flying Feats, and More - The Circus is Coming to Town!


Avon Hosts the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, September 8, 9 and 10


Avon, CO – The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is coming to Nottingham Park in Avon on September 8th, 9th, and 10th to celebrate its 175th anniversary under the Big Top. Founded in 1842, the seventh generation of Zoppé family performers continue to welcome spectators into an intimate 600-seat tent known as Veneto. The circus features new acts this year, including acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, and plenty of audience participation.

New this year, Tosca Zoppé will present her father Alberto’s classic bareback riding act to honor the 175th Anniversary. Also new to the lineup is a rare bicycle riding act, a 120 year old act that has not been seen in modern circus for 65 years.

“The Zoppé’s are excited about the new Colorado tour stop in Avon, especially at such a beautiful time of year in the Rocky Mountains,” says Zoppé Colorado Tour Director Gina Hallisey.  “This year’s show “Celebrating 175 Years Under the Big Top” will be a great show highlighting the Zoppé family of performers including some exciting acts that haven’t been seen in America for years.”

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is a traditional European circus with talented artists performing in the same interactive style their ancestor’s entertained families over a century ago and is one of the last family-run, one-ring traveling circuses in the United States. The Zoppé Circus is staged as it would have been in the 1800’s, with the costumes, music and style of show transporting guests back to that time period.

Giovanni Zoppé, a sixth-generation circus performer who stars as the main character, Nino the Clown, captures the hearts of the audience with his playful antics as the central figure of the circus’ story. The Zoppé Circus is truly a family affair with Carla Zoppé and her husband Rudy Heinin’s skillful canines, plus a horse spectacular with a human pyramid presented by equestrienne ballerina Tosca Zoppé. Ringmaster Pepino orchestrates the 175th anniversary show with returning family favorites including Cavalino the Italian Stallion, and new exciting acts such as the Argentinean Gauchos, plus more.

The engagement in Avon is part of a special 175th anniversary 2017 Tour that runs in Colorado from August 11th to September 10th. All are invited to come out to Nottingham Park at 1 Lake Street and support the art form known as the family circus when the Zoppés come to Avon September 8th-10th.

Friday, September 8                     4:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9                 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 10                 1:00 & 4:00 p.m.

Tickets for the circus are $23* for General Admission (bleacher seating), $43* for VIP (2nd row chair seating) and $63* for VIP Premier Package (Front row, reserved, ring side chair seating with choice of 2 concession items).  Kids under 2 are FREE!  *NOTE: Ticket price shown includes the Town of Avon $3 seat tax.  Online ticket sales are open with a special $5.00 off discount for General Admission with the code CIRCUS.  The Avon Recreation Center located at 90 Lake Street in Avon is the local ticket outlet offering General Admission tickets.  VIP tickets are limited and only available in advance via online or at the door if any are still available.  The on-site box office will open one hour prior to each performance.  For more information on the circus or to purchase tickets online please visit

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Gina Hallisey, 303-726-6111 or

Zoppe Italian Family Circus
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