Circus Day - Governor William J. Holloway

Today we’re snacking on peanuts and cotton candy and visiting the circus! We could all use some entertainment right now and what better source of it than fun tricks. Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Governor William J. Holloway. His hometown is Hugo, Oklahoma. Governor Holloway was born in Arkansas, but moved to Hugo, Oklahoma as a high school principal. Hugo is known as a circus town and is home to the Endangered Ark Foundation! Holloway went on to earn his law degree and enter the state senate before becoming Lt. Governor and then Governor of Oklahoma in 1931. You can learn more by reading William J. Holloway’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

Hugo is located in southeast Oklahoma and was a winter home for many circuses because of the mild climate. The Kelly Miller Circus made its home in Hugo and its owner became the City Manager for a period of time as well. Many of the circuses even offered free shows on Sundays to the residents!


Movie Time! One of our favorite movies revolves around a sweet elephant at the circus! You can rent and stream Dumbo now! There’s also this fun cartoon about the circus.

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Storytime! What happens when the circus is at risk? Find out in Olivia Saves the Circus! You can even hear it read aloud here.


Arts & Crafts! There are so many fun crafts with the circus, but we love this paper clown puppet! You can also make these great jester hats.


Make & Eat it! The circus calls for delicious snacks! Try these yummy cotton candy popcorn balls from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman!

Listen to it! Spotify has the best playlist for getting circus ready! And of course we have the Baby Shark Circus Song.

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home going to the circus! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Circus Day and share them with us: #ohofathome

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