THE ORIGINS OF YOUTH CIRCUS
As far as we know, the first youth circus was founded in 1929 by circus veteran Roy Coble. He offered a small family night circus at the YMCA in Redlands, California, that would bloom into the Great All-American Youth Circus, which is still going strong today.
Between 1929 and about 1960, youth circus programs sprouted up to promote positive youth development, including two collegiate circuses. In 1931, Clifford Horton brought his ...