The weekend of January 13th-15th, 2017, will be very exciting for circus fans and friends in Sarasota, as the Ring of Fame inductees or representatives will have an informal meet and greet at Showfolks Club on Friday, along with a planned breakfast, the Circus Collectibles Market, the gathering of The Musical Box Society, featuring fascinating mechanical musical instruments and band organs at the Club and on the Ring Saturday prior to the ceremony. The Windjammers Winter meeting coincides with the Ring events, and members will be part of the concert prior to the inductions. They will also be doing their famous concert at Sailor Circus Arena on Sunday, along with a special circus performance by members of Sailor Circus. Stay tuned for more information!
The Circus ´Ring of Fame´ recognizes those persons who have made a significant contribution to the art and culture of the circus. With dozens of inductees from around the world, the Ring of Fame began in 1987 as a way to honor world famous circus performers and the rich circus heritage of the Sarasota area.
Each year, Ring of Fame honorees are nominated by the public and voted on by former inductees. Each inductee is then honored with a bronze wagon wheel plaque, which recognizes their contribution to circus art and heritage and recognizes their ´sponsor´. The annual Ring of Fame ceremony is an veritable who’s who in the circus world, as current and past performers gather to honor their peers.
The Ring of Fame graces a central park located at St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota, Florida. There, visitors and locals alike stroll past decades of circus history, reading the plaques and conjuring up childhood memories of circus greats such as famed animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams, astounding aerialists the Flying Wallendas and Lillian Wetzel, timeless clowns Lou Jacobs and Emmett Kelley. Also of note, the Ring includes the most famous showman of all times, P.T. Barnum, as well as the visionary who brought the circus to Sarasota, John Ringling. The list goes on and on!
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Larry Marthaler, founder of the Circus Ring Of Fame. The board of directors extends sympathy to Mary Marthaler and family. Obituary
Donations to the Ring Of Fame in Larry’s memory may be sent to: Circus Ring Of Fame – PO Box 50724 – Sarasota, Fl – 34232
SARASOTA, FL - In keeping within the great circus traditions of Sarasota, the Circus Ring of Fame is delighted to announce its choices for induction into this prestigious institution. The Ring honors those members of
27th ANNUAL INDUCTION JANUARY 19, 2014 AT St. ARMANDS CIRCLE IN SARASOTA, FL SARASOTA, FLA.—Pinito del Oro, who brought a combination of beauty and flawless trapeze balancing to the big top, is among a