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North Fire Circus coming to Stevenson Farms this weekend

July 30, 2020   ·   0 Comments

As the economy came to a grinding halt and people stayed indoors because of the pandemic, the desire to enjoy a night out and get back to some sense of normalcy has been strong.

Recently Stevenson Farms in Alliston introduced a drive-in movie theatre to provide the community with an opportunity to enjoy a drink out on their patio while taking in the sunset before watching a classic film under the stars.

But the farm’s owners Stephen and Susan Milne didn’t stop there. This weekend, they’re bringing in the North Fire Circus from Toronto, who will provide a whole new level of excitement to the area.

“We decided that since the Potato Festival was cancelled, people are just dying for some sort of entertainment,” said Susan Milne.

“I just think it’s a great way to spend the long weekend… and support the entertainment industry, they are really struggling right now, so even just coming out and watching their performance is helping those guys out.”

The event will feature aerial acts, a fire show, LED lit hula hoopers and a musical performance by master violinist, Dr. Draw.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. both on Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1, and up to 80 tickets are being sold for each show. The venue will have circles marked off on the grass where people can setup their lawn chairs and be socially distanced from others.

The circus acts as a pre-show to Circle Theatre’s showing of Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark and tickets for that are purchased separately.

The partnership with North Fire Circus came about when Milne was looking at booking one of their performers for an upcoming beer tasting at Stevenson Farms.

The performer then recommended bringing the whole circus over because Stevenson Farms already had an excellent venue and just needed to put together a stage.

Milne noted that the live entertainment industry has been suffering heavily since March as people haven’t been able to perform at events.

“We just love that we’re able to help out artists and entertainers in this way and we look forward to doing some more fun events in a socially distanced way too this summer,” she said.

The atmosphere of the circus will be very festive, but still smaller in size. Milne said she hopes the event can help to restore some sense of normalcy for those who attend.

“We won’t all be crammed together, but its still going to make people feel like things are a little back to normal again,” Milne said.

Going forward, Stevenson Farms plans on creating many more opportunities for people to get out of the house and safely enjoy themselves. These events include international dinner and movie nights, concerts, wine tastings, art fairs and other events that can be hosted with a cinematic theme.

By Sam Odrowski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter


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