Brought To You By… The Circus

In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including the circus.

World Clown Association: Though clowns remain a key act in circus performances, these funny figures have gained a scary reputation in recent years due to movie depictions and 2016’s “creepy clown” frenzy. To help its members reclaim their good name, the World Clown Association is reminding the public that clowns just work to make people laugh.

Popcorn Board: When you walk into the Big Top, one of the first things you notice is the smell of popcorn. And thanks to the Popcorn Board, you can get your fill of this circus staple, as well as some fun trivia—like the fact that Americans eat 14 billion quarts of popcorn each year.

American Youth Circus Organization: Ever wonder where circus performers learn their tricks? Well, in circus training programs, of course! The American Youth Circus Organization, along with its subgroup the American Circus Educators Association, connects circus trainers and students, provides safety best practices, and promotes involvement in the circus arts.

Alex Beall

By Alex Beall

Alex Beall is an associate editor for Associations Now with a masters in journalism and a penchant for Instagram. MORE

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