YORK -- The circus is coming back, but don't expect lions, tigers or bears.
The Lewis and Clark Old-fashioned Circus is planning to set up in York on Monday and Tuesday.
But York City Council said when it voted to approve the circus that all safety requirements must be met, and dangerous animals should be kept away to meet with a long standing city ordinance.
"Wild animals aren't allowed in the city limits," Mayor Eddie Lee said. "Everybody likes the circus, but a safe circus."
The circus will have plenty of fun regardless, organizers say.
"We've got animals and aerial acts. We got the clowns, we got the whole thing," said Albert Buchanan, circus owner. "It's a good family-type show."
The big cats will be left behind to meet the city's stipulation.
"That ain't no problem," Buchanan said. "That's only one act."
Last spring, the circus came to town but left before the first performance, turning away hundreds of people who waited in line for the show to open. At the time, organizers failed to have a permit. They also brought dangerous animals, which were banned.
"The circus or that type of event has to apply to council and get approved for the location," said David Breakfield, city planning director.
Even then, York officials tried to help. They met with circus owners prior to the show, but said they needed to provide lighted exit signs for customers, remove three caged tigers off the premises and show proof that its 60- by 90-foot big top tent was flame retardant.
Circus officials could not prove the tent was flame retardant, however. The city then said the circus staff would have to move the bleachers away from the tent if they wanted the show to go on. The owners opted to pack up and leave town instead.
This year they've made sure to do things right, Buchanan said.
"We got with the city manager and everybody, and we got everything straightened out," he said.
Breakfield said a safety inspection will be done once the circus arrives to make sure all the rules are met.
Circus shows will be held at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at the old Wal-Mart parking lot behind Burger King, Monday and Tuesday and last about an hour and 45 minutes, Buchanan said.
Cost is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 14 to 18 and free for those 14 and younger.