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Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Elephant walk to new arena planned Wednesday
By Staff Report
Evansville Courier & Press November 22, 2010

EVANSVILLE — Circus fans have a treat in store Wednesday during the lunch hour.

That’s when Viola, lead elephant for this year’s Hadi Shrine Circus, will be escorted down Main Street to the new arena, which will be the circus’ home starting next year.

Joining the elephant around 12:30 p.m. will be ringmaster Joseph Bauer, a few circus performers, the Hadi Funsters and the Hadi Calliope, according to Joe Vezzoso, executive circus director.

Vezzoso said the walk will begin on Main near Fifth or Sixth streets and arena construction workers will escort Viola.

Viola is part of a troupe of elephants in town from Oklahoma for the 77th annual circus which begins Thursday at Roberts Stadium and runs for nine performances through Sunday.

Vezzoso said the Shrine is looking forward to moving to the new arena next November. Not only will the floor will be larger, he noted the roof itself will be able to hold more weight for the various gadgetry used in acts such as the incline motorcycles.

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