In the mid-1800’s when the circus came to town, the first thing they would do, even before setting up camp, was to have a splashy parade down the main street. The bandwagon carried musicians and was one of the most ornate items on parade.
Before long, politicians saw an opportunity and would rent the bandwagons and use them to ride through town as a form of campaigning. As a candidate gained popularity, other politicians would “jump on the bandwagon” and ride along to associate themselves with the campaign.
Today, we generically use the term “jump on the bandwagon” to mean join in on something that’s established or gaining in momentum. Our 2018 membership drive is just that – we’re off to the best start we’ve had in recent memories and are hoping this will be a record year for us. Hop on!