Boom A Ring is full of surprises!

Last night the family and I went to watch the opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Boom A Ring.

Our drive up to Portland was uneventful, the kids and I picked up the Hubs from work and that’s when it got fun.

See, my hubs, doesn’t like clowns so much. He’s not scared of them or anything, I think he just met a clown from the bad side of the ring when he was younger. Well, I may have mentioned the dislike to the kids so as soon as Hubs got in the car the kids were sure to tell him that we were on our way to the circus.

This was followed by reassurances all around.

Boy: “Dad, we just want to let you know that there are going to be clowns at the circus.”
Girl: “Daddy, you can hold my hand if you want to.”
Boy: “You probably shouldn’t look them in the eye.”
Girl: “If you see a clown are you going to run away?”

I spent the time stifling my laughter from the passenger seat but Hubs didn’t find it as funny as I did. He assured that kids that he would be fine and we were on our way.

Now, I wrote all about the show last week and even gave away tickets, but this was my chance to experience the show first hand.

Before each show they open up the floor for all ticket holders to come down and interact with the performers, try on actual costumes, and special to the Pacific Northwest, we go to go behind the curtain and see the animals in their staging areas before they come out for the show!

boom a ring preshow

The Gold Ring before the show..

First let me just say that this is the third year in a row we have been able to experience a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show here in Portland. Probably the thing that amazes me the most is how fresh and new all the shows have been. Just when I start thinking, “It’s a circus. How many more tricks or performers can they have?” another new act steps into the ring.

What sets Boom A Ring apart from the other shows, in my opinion, is that it is a single ring circus. We’re all used to the 3-ring variety, where our eyes are drawn to many different locations trying to keep up with all of the action. But because all the acts perform in the single ring it brings a more intimate feel to the show. There isn’t a bad seat in the venue!

I don’t want to talk too much about the actual acts because if you have tickets or are thinking about purchasing tickets, I don’t want to ruin it for you. But let me just say: Camels, Trapeze, Hair, Fire, and Elephants. When you see the show that will all make sense, trust me!

In the meantime, I was able to take some great photos to share and I hope they don’t give too much away. 🙂


The boy learning to walk the tightrope preshow

boom a ring

Hair raising!


Their act was tight! 🙂


The true stars of the show!



I have to say a big thank you to Feld Entertainment and the Rose Quarter for inviting my family to the show. We had a truly amazing time and if you are on the fence about going I urge you to just do it! Even if you don’t have tickets yet they are still available for most of the showtimes and kids tickets are just $10! So choose your show and make some memories.. say hi to Stevie for us. 🙂


  1. We got to go to a show the spring before we moved away from Baltimore – WOW! I had not been since I was a kid, but it was SO much fun! They have not lost a thing in terms of wonder, I tell you that!

    (Love the “hair rising” picture – great shot!)

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