Peru, Circus City Festival


When I told my family I was moving to Peru, the first thing that came to mind is the South American country, But for Indiana residents they know it to be the Circus Capital. There is some amazing history  here in this small town of 11,417 residents. The Circus City Festival Inc was founded to Bring back the rich circus heritage in 1960. 

"Dating back to the late 1800s, many of the country’s most famous circuses winter-quartered only a few miles southeast of Peru. That area is now home to the famous International Circus Hall of Fame." - Circus City Festival Inc


Once a year in the month of July, around two hundred young people (ages range from 7 to 21 years) put on a sensational amateur circus. I had the pleasure of watching this show and I was amazed at the talent these performers had. From Highwire, to juggling I was really impressed! I couldn't look away as I witnessed young women hanging from their hair! 


People come from all over to partake in this eight day event! The entire downtown shuts down for what we call "Circus week". its basically a community carnival focused on celebrating the circus. With tryouts around the corner I thought I would post some photos I took of this event from last year. If you are ever in the area and have not yet seen this festival, You must come and whitness the pride this town has for its Circus. 

Hair hanging

Rebecca Waun

Rebecca Waun is a Bachelor of Science and an award winning photographer who is passionate about expression of art and the effect is has on the world. As an owner of a portrait business, she found her inspiration through her children. Understanding that time is a gift that is short lived and feels that preserving memories through photographic expression is timeless.

Home Grown in Western Washington, she has lived a small portion of her life in the southwestern states. She became a world traveler serving in the Marine Corps. During her four years of enlistment Rebecca Had served town tours to Iraq during the Iraqi Freedom War, earning an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant. After starting a family she later attending school where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Digital Photography.

Now Residing in Peru Indiana, She taken her education and life experiances, applying them to her business and creativ endeavor by capturing the beauty in all things.