Seven circus shows start at Camp Jordan - Oct. 10-13

Seven circus shows start at Camp Jordan - Oct. 10-13

October 10th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

Staff photo by Alex Washburn/Chattanooga Times Free Press - October 05, 2011. A circus worker ties the sides onto the elephant tent as he prepares for the opening of Shriner Circus at Camp Jordan.

Photo by Alex Washburn /Times Free Press.


* What: Alhambra Shrine Circus produced by Tarzan Zerbini.

* When: 7 p.m. today, Oct. 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

* Where: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Parkway, East Ridge.

* Admission: $15 ages 3 and up (plus $5 parking).

* Phone: 423-892-0223.

* Website: ($3 admission discount online).

Clowns, trapeze artists, live animals, including elephants, and everything else you'd expect from a traveling circus will be on display this weekend at Camp Jordan Arena as part of the Alhambra Shrine Circus produced by Tarzan Zerbini.

Seven two-hour shows are scheduled today through Sunday, Oct. 10-13.

In addition to all of the action in the ring, patrons can enjoy hand-spun cotton candy and hand-dipped candy apples in the concession area. Elephant rides are also offered for an additional fee.

Ten generations of Zerbinis have been in the circus since 1763, meaning they are celebrating 250 years in the business. Among the current performers is Erika Zerbini, the 25-year-old daughter of Tarzan and Lisi Bauer, who is one of the youngest exotic animal trainers in North America. Her sisters, Patricia, Sylvia and Christine also perform as aerialists, thrill artists and animal trainers.

The Zerbinis are not the only multigenerational family represented in the circus either. Joining them are members of the Videla, Poema, Nerger and Winn families.