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Two Shrine Circus shows scheduled for Sunday

WORTHINGTON -- The circus is coming to town -- and although it may not be exactly like the classic circus from the movie "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," it will certainly be free of Caractacus Potts' infamous hair-cutting machine.

"We first brought the Shrine Circus to Worthington about 12 years ago," Worthington Shriner Maynard Townswick said. "The Sioux Falls El-Riad Temple works with the circus and does the groundwork. We put it on here, sell tickets, promote it -- and hopefully make a little bit of money on it."

It's hoped this year that there will be an addition to ever-popular attractions such as performing tigers, elephants and dogs.

"I think this year they are going to have camels," Townswick said. "They had them in Sioux Falls and will hopefully have them here as well."

The three-ring circus will feature clown acts, elephant and pony rides for the kids, and further daring deeds.

"They'll have women trapeze artists on ropes in one ring and hanging by their feet, and jugglers will be going in another ring at the same time," Townswick listed.

The spectacle will offer not just treats for the eyes and ears, but for the rest of the senses, too.

"We have a complete concession stand with hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and nachos," Townswick said.

And for those little ones who wish to take a bit of the colorful circus day home with them, there will be a stand selling novelties such as stuffed animals (tigers, bears etc.), light-up balls and blow up items.

Proceeds generated from the Shrine Circus go to a good cause.

"The money earned is donated to the El-Riad Shrine Temple and used for Shrine Temple programs," Townswick explained.

The public is encouraged to attend the Shrine Circus on Sunday at the Worthington Ice Area. There will be shows offered at 2 and 5:30 p.m., and advance tickets are available to Hy-Vee, Bob and Steve's Shell and Fareway. Tickets will also be sold at the door.