Photos: Setting up the big top for circus in San Luis Obispo


Circus Vargas tent master Vittario Aratam, above, straightens out straps as the circus’ big top tent is raised out of its travel trailer on the grounds of the Madonna Inn on Tuesday in preparation for its opening show Thursday.

The tent, handmade in Milan, Italy, seats 1,200 people and takes seven hours to raise.

The circus will be in town through July Fourth.