Leaders at Baraboo’s circus museum hope to provide a distraction from the “white noise” of a presidential election next summer with their homage to all things Western.

The “Go West Under the Big Top” theme for summer 2020 will give Circus World Museum an opportunity to bring items out from its archives, from wagons to lithographs, as “Wild West” shows played a prominent part in circus history, said Executive Director Scott O’Donnell. As a “wide lane,” the theme also allows for a wide variety of music and movie genres from which performers can draw.

“It’s a relatable genre of music and culture, for sure,” O’Donnell said. “Everybody can dig out their Levi jeans and cowboy boots and cowboy hats and have a happy hoedown.”