SPARTA, NJ – The circus is coming to town.  Courtesy of Sparta UNICO.  All of the family fun and entertainment you can imagine under one tent will be waiting for you at the field at Mohawk Avenue School on Sunday, Sept 20. 

Rain or shine the community is invited to the Zerbini Family Circus with old fashioned performances including aerialists, jugglers, comedy balancing acts, trampoline artists, camels,  the self-proclaimed “best dog and animal show in circus biz” and of course clowns.  They offer pony and camel rides and have an American Buffalo named Tatanka. 

“To maximize UNICO's benefit, which in turn helps the community with charitable contributions, we need to sell tickets in advance,” said Jeff Panicucci of UNICO.

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Tickets can be purchased at Rita’s Ice at the Theater Center for the 2 p.m and 5 p.m. shows.  Advanced tickets are $10 and will be $12 at the gate.  Children under 3 are free.

In a previous interview Chapter President Ken Carafello explained the mission of UNICO. “The Sparta Chapter of UNICO strives to honor, perpetuate and disseminate the culture and ethnic heritage of our Italian immigrant ancestors by supporting higher education and by educating and informing our members, local communities and our nation.”

As a part of the nation’s largest Italian American Service organization, members of the Sparta chapter strive to uphold the motto Service Above Self.”

The 501C3 organization, through its Charitable Goals fund, has provided grants for cancer research, sent thousands of children to camp, raised thousands of dollars for local charities, sponsored a mental health program and more. They provide scholarships to local students as well.  UNICO also encourages others to join them in participating in the observance of Columbus Day.