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WORTHINGTON — The circus is coming to town! 

Come Sunday, spectators can head to the Worthington Hockey Arena to marvel at the spectacle that is the El Riad Shrine Circus. The show, first brought to Worthington 12 years ago, is back again for another engagement that will include clown acts, elephant and pony rides, and even highly trained tigers.

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“We usually have the tigers, elephants and clown acts,” Worthington Shriner Maynard Townswick said.

This year’s circus could also bring the addition of an exotic animal.

“They had camels in Sioux Falls,” said Townswick. “They could be coming here, but I’m not sure.”

More dangerous feats will be present in the three rings.

“There are also usually some trapeze artists,” Townswick said. “And one of the few women ringmasters in the world might be here.”

Gifts and novelty items will also be available Sunday, with stuffed animals, light-up balls and blow-up items being sold.

Proceeds generated from the Shrine Circus will be donated to a good cause, as well.

“All of the proceeds will go toward the El Riad Shrine Temple,” Townswick said.

Shows will be offered at 2 and 5:30 p.m. at the arena, and advance tickets are available at Hy-Vee, Bob and Steve’s Shell and Fareway. Tickets will also be sold at the door.