Heritage Day Makes its Way to Heritage Park

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Visiting Heritage Park in Plover is like taking a step back in time. The minute you walk onto the property you're immediately transported to Plover in the late 18th century. And it may come as a shock to find out what a huge role the circus played in the village's rich history.

Ruth Engford-Clark and her husband Frank Clark are Plover natives, and a retired circus family.

The couple made their way back to Portage county this weekend to share their experiences with more than 400 people at Heritage Days.

"I'm so grateful to be here and to be able to explain our part in Portage County history," said Ruth.

Ruth and her husband traveled the world together, but always came back to Plover in the winters to practice their routines.

People were able to tour the Engford family caravan and their circus house. Julie Richards, the society events planner, said she looks forward to this event every year because it's something fun for the entire community.

"Oh the kids go crazy. They really love it," said Richards.

The circus house displayed some of Ruth's old hand-made costumes, and Frank's food juggling equipment. And in the center of it all was a miniature replica of a circus tent.

Ruth and Frank even brought the human canon back for display. The two drove it up all the way from Florida. It hasn't been back in Plover for years.


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