Ringling Brothers had advertised the two weeks before the show in the Weekly Banner:
Sadly, there are no surviving Athens Banners from the day of or after the show to describe the pagentry of the circus arriving in town with their "3 miles long" parade.
The five Ringling Brothers (Al, Otto, Alf, John, and Charles) formed their circus in 1884, with early shows travelling in a 9 nine-wagon tour for twenty-five cent admissions. The Barnum & Bailey Circus began in 1888, and created the elaborate American circus experience, moving to three rings of spectacle, and travelling from town to town by railroad. A few smaller, independent circuses also toured the United States during this time.
P. T. Barnum died in 1891, and a year after the death of James Bailey in 1906, the Barnum & Bailey circus was acquired by the Ringling Brothers. They continued to run two separate circus shows until 1919, when they began to tour as the Ringling Brothers-Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringling family opened the Ringling Museum of the Circus in 1948 in Sarasota, Florida, and sold the circus in 1967.
- Athens Weekly Banner, Jan. 1906 - Dec. 1908 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Circus! From Rome to Ringling by Marian Buck-Murray in the general collection.
- The American Circus: An Illustrated History by John Culhane in the general collection.
- Basic Circus Skills by Jack Wiley in the general collection.
- The Circus Comes Home by Lois Duncan in the children's collection.
- Tigers, Trainers, and Dancing Whales: Wild Animals of the Circus, Zoo, and Screen by Adrien Stoutenburg in the general collection.
- Horses in the Circus Ring by Lynn Saville in the children's collection.
- Learning to Fly Trapeze by Sam Keen in the general collection.
- Circus Dreams: The Making of a Circus Artist by Kathleen Cushman in the children's biography collection.
- P. T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman by Philip B. Kunhardt in the biography collection.
- The Golden Age of the Circus by Howard Loxton in the general collection.
- If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss in the children's fiction collection.
- Virtual Tour of the Tibbals Learning Center at the Ringling Circus Museum.