HUDSONS Circus is really a family-run operation, in more ways than one.
The circus, which was last in Bathurst in 2019, will hold its first show in its current run on Thursday night.
Owner Shane Lennon said there are 18 performers in the show, but the whole Hudsons' team comprises of more than 40 adults and children who tour the country.
"A lot of my performers have been with me for a long time, but we have special guest artists, too. Some of the special guest artists this year have come in from Brazil and Peru," he said.
"They were here in Australia before COVID lockdown, so they've continued on with us and they've all grown up in the circus.
"Myself, I'm fifth generation circus, the gentleman from Brazil who rides the Globe of Death is second generation, the other gentleman from Peru that rides the Globe of Death is like fourth generation circus. And circus is mostly made up of families that continue on the tradition.
"We have our own school and school teachers that travel with us so kids get their education on the road. At the moment we've got nine children with us.
"They've all learned [circus acts] from a young age and generally the children get introduced into the show when they're about nine or 10."
Mr Lennon, who is now in his 50s, grew up in the circus and said it's a similar story for most of troupe.
"I grew up on the road with my brothers and my father and mother, travelling with Lennon Bros Circus. Over the years I've managed all parts of the business and my wife [Nancy] and I decided to start our own show in 2013," he said.
"It's been successful. We're not going to be millionaires, but it's been good. It's a travelling lifestyle like no other."
His role in the circus now focuses on the logistics, including booking venues and doing advertising, but in the past he has been a ringmaster, a trapeze artist and animal trainer.
Like him, everyone in Hudsons Circus tends to have more than one job.
"Everyone's multi-talented, so you might see the trapeze artist in the food van or selling you a ticket or a show bag," Mr Lennon said.
"And everybody here helps to set up and pack up and drive from town to town. It's one big family."
Hudsons Circus will be in Bathurst until August 1. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.
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