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Welcome to CFA's Official Website

A Letter from our President - Gary C. Payne - 2015-2016

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WELCOME to the Circus Fans Association of America (CFA) website!  We've been around since 1926, and we're for, as the ringmaster would say, "Children" of all ages!

What is a Circus Fan?  Well ... my parents took me to my first circus when I was 6 years old.  I sat on the edge of my seat. I never left that seat.  I was hooked.  If you're a friend of the circus, you feel as if you can never get enough of how it makes you feel.  It is inspirational.  It comes alive and it becomes part of you!

What is CFA?  WE are, as the name would indicate, fans and friends of the Circus! Most of us never worked for a circus, though we include circus personnel, past and present, in our ranks.  Each of us enjoys the circus in one or more of it's many formats and are eager to share this enjoyment with others. Some of us enjoy the memorabilia, the history, particular performers, or the logistics of the circus.  Some of us are interested in a particular circus or in the performing animals and conservation efforts.  Many of us enjoy life long friendships with each other and with animals and circus personnel.

In nearly every major city and town you'll find a few circus fans.  Locally we form chapters we call "Tents" or "Tops" which organize larger gatherings, special events, and group visits to see a circus.  Periodically we convene a National Convention.  The next scheduled convention will take place in West Springfield, Massachusetts, July 14-18th, 2015, where we'll meet with fans and circus people from all over the world!  We're calling it the WorldWide Circus Summit 2015 and we'd like you to visit our convention website at

With CFA, you'll interact with fellow aficionados of the circus in many ways.  We encourage you to use our website. We hope you'll choose to "Friend" us and visit our Facebook page; and we publish the magazine The White Tops which arrives in our mailboxes six times annually.

We hope you'll become a member of CFA today!  Click on JOIN for details. 

Thank you for your interest.  We never say goodbye ... we  say, "See you down the road ..."

I hope we shall!

Gary C. Payne

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