In 1927 on this date, John Ringling announced that Sarasota would become the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1960, Ringling moved its winter quarters to Venice and the impact of the circus expanded into the larger Sarasota County area.
Where’s Big Bertha now? How does Brooklyn sound? Read about the circus, 2013: A New York Times article.
Thanks to J. Whitcomb Rylee, http://www.sarasotacircushistory.com/, Lynn Harding, http://www.visitsarasota.org/, and the State Archives of Florida.