A ‘Nuclear Circus’ is Coming to Cumberland, Maine This Summer
After the Kora Shrine Circus announced that they would not be holding any shows in Maine in 2022 or for the foreseeable future, many people were left disappointed. The circus still maintained a level of popularity in the Pine Tree State, with generations of people enjoying a showcase of animals and performers. While the Kora Shrine Circus may be a no-go, there will a different circus coming to Cumberland, Maine this summer with promises of family fun and plenty of questions surrounding it.
According to the American Journal, the Garden Bros. Nuclear Circus is planning a series of shows at the Cumberland Fairgrounds from June 30th through July 3rd. Based in Florida, the Garden Bros. Nuclear Circus has catered their traveling show primarily around human performers. They promise human cannonballs and slingshots, motorcyclists in the 'sphere of fear', as well as performers taking on the wheel of death. Beyond the dramatic human performances, there's also some canine performances, including a backflipping dog.
Garden Bros. also features a carnival element to their traveling circus. They bring along vendors that offer typical fair foods like snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and more. They also offer carnival games with prizes, as well as face painting on site.
During previous tours, Garden Bros. came under fire for their treatment of performers and animals associated with the show. Complaints to the Better Business Bureau centered on the treatment of ponies and camels, both of whom were featured in the kids section of the carnival and available for rides. It's unclear whether this Garden Bros. Nuclear Circus tour in Maine will feature camel or pony rides.