& 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.
& 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.