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Shrine Circus is coming to town

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What: 68th Shrine Circus

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9

Where: Jamestown Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave NE

Details: Circus acts, animals, clowns, food, merchandise

Admission: $11 adults, $7 children in advance; $12 and $8 at the door. Advance tickets available at the Civic Center, Hugo's Family Marketplace, M & H, Cash Wise and in Valley City at Iron Stallion Cycles, Stoudt-Ross Ford Inc., and Leevers Foods

Contact: Civic Center, 252-4835, jamestownciviccenter.com, Richard Klose, 320-5909

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The Shrine Circus returns to Jamestown for the 68th annual show on Tuesday with profits going to support family transportation and lodging at Shriners hospitals.

The doors will open at 4 p.m. to allow the kids to check out the novelties, said Richard Klose, circus chairman and a Shriner clown. There will also be burgers and hot dogs, nachos, tacos in a bag, cotton candy, popcorn, Dippin' Dots and snowcones, he said.

"Prior to the circus and during intermission on the floor there will be painting, elephant and pony rides and get a picture with a special animal," Klose said.

The show will include animal acts, trapeze artists, motorcycle jumpers and dancers, he said. A funnyman act will include a lot of very weird and somewhat spectacular acts, and the Jamestown Clowns will be working with the kids, he said.

"Everybody should just take a break to get out of the house for a few hours of good entertainment," he said.

The circus programs for sale will have numbers on the cover for drawings between acts, he said. The Shriners will be giving away 29 bicycles, he said.

The annual event is put together by the Jamestown Shriner units that include the Clowns, Mystics and EZ Wheels, which are all independent units within the El Zagal Shrine, he said. The Valley City Flag Corps of the El Zagal Shrine also supports the circus, he said.

The circus was originally held in a tent at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds, he said. There is room for 4,000 in the Civic Center and the circus has come within a couple hundred tickets of selling out the past two years, he said.

"The circus has a very long standing in the Jamestown area," Klose said.

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