Despite a couple of protestors waving signs on a far street corner, the three-day run of performances kicked off on Monday afternoon inunder the Cole Bros. circus tent with more than 800 fans in the audience.
"Attendance usually builds each day because of word of mouth," said Carole Connor, co-chair of the event that is a fundraiser for the .
Performances on Tuesday and Wednesday are at 4:30 p.m. followed by an evening show at 7 p.m.
General admission tickets are $16, reserved seating is $20 per ticket and VIP seating costs $23 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Cole Bros. website.
Connor said the circus pulled into Oceanport in the wee hours of Monday and the tent rose along Port Au Peck Avenue around 5 a.m.
Aside from the show under the big top — which features elephants, tigers, French poodles and springboard gymnasts — outside there are clowns offering face painting and the chance to perch atop an elephant and go for a little walk.
Oceanport First Aid has a truck parked outside of every performance in the event their assistance is required, said Connor.
"But we enjoy doing this," she said.