Twenty-nine local businesses and individuals have rallied to support Circus Vidbel, the annual New Canaan YMCA and Kiwanis Club circus fundraiser. Performances took place at 3 and 6 p.m. July 1, 2, and 3.

"Last year's circus was such as success that we've added an additional day of shows," said Y Executive Director Craig Panzano. "It's a great family event for our community, and we are grateful that so many local businesses and families have rallied together to help us bring Circus Vidbel back to New Canaan."

Circus Vidbel -- a family-run, one-ring, old-time circus -- has been performing across the United States for more than 20 years. New performances this year included the Zamperla Brothers Bareback Riders showcasing equestrian acrobats, Chinese Vase Jugglers and a nail-biting archery act. Favorite acts from last year that returned were aerialist Susan Vidbel in cloud swing and lyra displays, the Darnell Sisters' magic and dog act, Risley juggling and the Rola-Bola balancing board act.

"The Y and Kiwanis share a common goal of serving children and families," said Kiwanis President Jenny Esposito. "The circus is our gift to the community, and we are looking forward to creating a family tradition here in town for years to come."

Proceeds from the event will benefitted youth development programs at the New Canaan YMCA and throughout the community.

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