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Big Top, Big New Canvas for Chautauqua's 29th Season

Updated: 05/28/2014 12:00 AM
Created: 05/28/2014 11:55 PM WDIO.com

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua begins its new season under a brand new tent made of canvas, a fabric that's disappearing from similar venues.

Replacing the wind- and weather-battered tent was no easy task. Aside from the $140,000 cost, Big Top executives say finding 3,000 yards of canvas was a bit of a challenge.

Executive director Terry Matier tells The Daily Press they just don't make tents like this anymore. Vinyl is more popular. But operations manager Phil Anich says the vinyl acoustics are lousy. He says canvas absorbs sound in a way that's pleasing to the ear.

Big Top enlisted Anchor Industries to sew the huge structure that will cover 950 people. A dozen people worked nearly 1,500 hours to transform 2,000 pounds of canvas into the new Big Top.

For a link to their 2014 schedule, click here.

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Information from: The Daily Press, http://www.ashlandwi.com

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