In an agreement between Justin Loomis, the owner and operator of Loomis Bros. Circus, and the Highlands County Fair Association, the show was cancelled at approximately 4:45 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018. This decision was not made lightly. The Highlands County Fair Association received over 8,100 emails in the 48 hours preceding the event, not including several dozen threatening phone calls, letters and other emails from the People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and their supporters. It was obvious that they were dissatisfied with the Circus and the fact that we were renting our facility to them for their shows, although the threats made it seem that WE were the ones that would potentially break laws. In NO WAY were any state or local laws broken or city ordinances violated by either Loomis Bros. Circus or the Highlands County Fair Association. As a matter of fact the circus never even arrived on our property.
Our apologies to those that were looking forward to this event. For those that have pre-purchased tickets, please contact Loomis Bros. through their website at https://www.loomiscircus.com.
Michael R. Chambers