Members of the Spring Valley Royalty offered glo-sticks and Raffle Baskets for the 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Members of the Spring Valley Royalty offered glo-sticks and Raffle Baskets for the 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

SPRING VALLEY, WI – The Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce once again sponsored a community 4th of July Celebration. Even though the weatherman didn’t exactly cooperate earlier in the day with some pretty heavy wind and rain about the time the first ball game was set to begin, this was still a great Independence Day Celebration. It was a get together not only for our community, but for the surrounding communities as well.

The ball games that were planned did get played and were fun for the many young players and the family watchers as well.

There was even a visit by Miss Skeeter the Clown who stopped by the ball fields at the celebration to advance the Culpepper & Merriweather (C & M) Circus. This is America’s Favorite Big Top Circus that is coming to Spring Valley tomorrow on Friday, July 13 thanks to the sponsorship of the Spring Valley Lions Club.

Miss Skeeter gave an exclusive interview to the Sun-Argus conveying many interesting facts about circus in America.

“This is the 225th anniversary of the American circus that began in 1773 and George Washington was one of the first circus patrons,” she reported.

She said that, “Wisconsin is the number one state for circus because of the Ringling Brothers of Baraboo, Wisconsin. That is now the home of the Circus World Museum.”

Miss Skeeter relayed how the Ringling Brothers Circus was so successful that other circuses were formed or came to Wisconsin; the Ringling Brothers bought many of those. One such start-up circus was the Seils -Sterling Circus out of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Miss Skeeter (not “Mos-Skeeter”) is the “advance clown” going town to town ahead of the C & M Circus to promote it before it arrives to unload animals; the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances at 5:00 & 7:30 p.m. (this Friday night, July 13). She will be stopping in 232 towns to promote, “a bit of living history in you own back yard for a great family friendly show,” said Skeeter.

She is a graduate of the Ringling Bros. Clown School and one could tell she was a pro from looking at her delightful colored costume, magical bright greasepaint makeup and her charming magnetism with kids.  

At the Spring Valley 4th of July, Independence Day Celebration Miss Skeeter not only had time for an interview with the Sun-Argus but was busy hanging with the children and their families as she handed out free tickets to the circus and coloring pages that the kids can connect with to the C & M Circus website: cmcircus.com.

There were tasty food concessions available at the Independence Day Celebration too. The American Legion Post 227 was serving brats, hotdogs, pop, water, Gatorade and Northwoods Kettle Corn. The American Legion Auxiliary was selling baked goods, Sacred Heart Catholic Youth served up root beer floats and walking tacos, and the Spring Valley Royalty offered Glo-Sticks and Raffle Baskets.

The ball game schedule was a little off with the rain delays for the day but was as follows: 1:00 p.m. for 2nd grade boys and girls. At 2:30 p.m. for 3rd grade boys vs 4th grade boys. At 4:30 p.m. the 5th grade boys played vs 6th grade boys.  At 6 p.m. it was the 7th grade boys vs 8th grade boys and at 7:30 p.m. the Legion Team took on the Alumni Team in a very competitive friendly game (no score was reported as of press time).

At dusk there was the annual spectacular 4th of July fireworks display shot from the top of the Eau Galle Dam that capped off the Independence Day Celebration to the delight of all in attendance.

The community 4th of July Celebration sponsored annually by the Spring Valley Chamber Commerce still welcomes all donations to help defray the cost of the fireworks sent to the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce, P.O. box 351 Spring Valley, WI 54767.