Where it all began. The Yankee Doodle Circus started as a one day event for the Greenville School PTO in 1985. Mike Naughton was asked to organize a family event at his daughters' school. It was an immediate success and word spread to neighboring schools about this entertaining show that is a fund raiser, too. What started as a one day event has grown; the circus now appears in approximately 90 schools each year.