WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Cole Bros. circus will not be part of the North Carolina Azalea Festival activities this year.
Festival leaders were not given a specific reason, according to the release, but were told the circus won't be traveling anywhere this year. The website for the organization lists no tour dates for this year.
Organizers say the circus has been part of the Azalea Festival for more than thirty years.
"We know this will be a disappointment to everyone who enjoyed the special times and making those memories, and hope you will find a way to join in one of the other wonderful events happening in our community during the Azalea Festival," Festival President Robby Collins said in an emailed statement.
When reached by phone, Collins said he was not interested in talking beyond the prepared statement about what this meant for the Azalea Festival. A number listed on the Cole Bros. website went straight to voicemail, which was not set up according to a recorded message.
The Azalea Festival runs from April 7-10.