- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (shuh-TAH’-kwah) begins its new season under a brand new tent made of canvas, a fabric that’s disappearing from similar venues.

Replacing the wind- and weather-battered tent was no easy task. Aside from the $140,000 cost, Big Top executives say finding 3,000 yards of canvas was a bit of a challenge.

Executive director Terry Matier tells The Daily Press (https://bit.ly/1odjgrO ) they just don’t make tents like this anymore. Vinyl is more popular. But operations manager Phil Anich says the vinyl acoustics are lousy. He says canvas absorbs sound in a way that’s pleasing to the ear.

Big Top enlisted Anchor Industries to sew the huge structure that will cover 950 people. A dozen people worked nearly 1,500 hours to transform 2,000 pounds of canvas into the new Big Top.

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