Chamber awards Salida Circus Business of the Month
Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce awarded its May Business of the Month honors to Salida Circus.
May also marks the 10-year anniversary for Salida Circus, which it will celebrate with a festival May 26-29.
Michael Varnum, chamber president, said Salida Circus was nominated by a group of its peers for its work in the community.
“Reaching an estimated 650 youth per year, Salida Circus combines arts, recreation athleticism and entertainment while boosting confidence, teamwork and physical fitness of its participants,” Varnum said.
Jennifer Dempsey, founder and director of Salida Circus, also provides help through the Salida Circus Outreach Foundation.
Dempsey said the foundation offers classes, workshops and camps to local children and adults.
“We currently run eight weekly workshops and three annual camps,” Dempsey said. “Right now at the SteamPlant we have our first-ever circus art show.”
Salida Circus strives to make all feel welcomed and involved with its activities, Dempsey said. “There’s something for everyone,” she said, as demonstrated by the circus’s recent and upcoming activities.
“We’ve just completed our 4- to 7-year-olds’ circus class,” Dempsey said. “We’re about to start our parkour class and our intermediate aerial class. We’ll be doing adult aerial through the summer.”
Though the circus aims to provide entertainment, Dempsey said she knows Salida Circus isn’t something that can work without a positive attitude from those involved.
“The success of the circus is due to everybody’s circus spirit and cooperation and willingness to give everything a go,” Dempsey said.
For more information about Salida Circus, call Dempsey at 719-427-9232 or visit thesalidacircus.com.