17 photos of the country’s only traveling youth circus

17 photos of the country’s only traveling youth circus

Talented kids. Professional coaches. Life on the road. Adoring 5-year-olds, sitting around the ring just feet from the stars of Circus Smirkus, where big kids have been the stars of the show of this Vermont-based company for 32 years now.


Frederick Buford, 13, adjusted his bow tie before performing in Circus Smirkus’ Big Top Tour in the heat of a Hanover, N.H., afternoon. This is Buford’s first season with Circus Smirkus.

(Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)

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