Steam Calliopes at Circus City Fest, Peru IN
By Jason Hahn, forwarded
I know where there are many operational steam calliopes and would be
interested to trade information with you on any you know of. I am on
the board of the Circus City Festival in Peru Indiana and we own one of
the original Gentry Twin Calliopes. We have a calliope concert every
year after our festival circus parade. Our festival is a celebration
of the youth and circus heritage in Miami County. We have a permanent
big top and our community is also home to the International Circus Hall
of Fame. We also have a person in our community who builds calliopes
Please contact me with any information you have on steam calliopes. I
can be phoned at 765-689-0159 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
[ I asked Jason for more information. He replied:
Robbie, The Circus City Festival runs from the 11th of July until the
18th. I would dare say you would want to come on Friday and Saturday
if you want to see parade and calliope concert on Saturday.
The festival centers around the 10 performances of the Amateur Circus.
It is Amateur by name, but the kids put on a truly professional
performance with acts including the 7 man pyramid on the high wire.
This is an act the Walendas are famous for!!!
The International Circus Hall of Fame is open daily during the late
spring and summer. The location of the Circus City Festival is Peru,
Indiana. The Hall of Fame is located just south of Peru on Indiana
The calliope builder is David Moorecraft. He owns and operates his
own steam calliope at the Hall of Fame in summer months and other
locations throughout the year. We have the IU [Indiana University?]
steam calliope and his at our parade every year along with multiple
air units. Lastly, our Gentry Steam Calliope is next in line to be
restored and will get a new boiler and should be playable for our 40th
anniversary festival in 1999.
Now, can you provide any information that might assist me in finding
additional steam calliopes for our annual calliope concert? I am aware
of the ones in Minn. and Ohio. Are there any other operating units you
are aware of, especially if they are mounted in circus wagons?
P.S. You can call Linda Cawood at our offices to request brochures and
or purchase tickets to the performances by credit card.
(Message sent Mon 30 Mar 1998, 16:05:26 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)