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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hadi Shrine Circus
Reported by: Josh Breslow
With the blow of a whistle, the 77th Annual Hadi Shrine Circus is underway in Evansville.
Families pack the seats at Roberts Stadium on Thanksgiving day, watching in amazement, as performers take to the sky and animals roam the stage.

"It's very much an Evansville and Tri-State tradition," said Brian Ball with the Hadi Shrine Circus. "We've actually seen third and fourth generation coming back, seeing the circus. Great grandparents, bringing great grand kids."

The circus first performed in downtown Evansville back in 1933. It was a much smaller show, with the performance held outside. The circus moved around a little as it grew and in 1957, the act took the stage at Roberts Stadium.

"It's been a great venue for us. The city has made accommodations for us to be here each and every year," said Ball.

But this will be the last year the circus will swing through Roberts Stadium. Next year, it will move on to Evansville's new downtown arena. The shriners say they've been working through the logistics with the city, and so far, it seems everything at the new venue will work out just fine. But there are still some issues that need to be figured out and the shriners will work on those as a later time. For now, they're focused on making sure their last show at Roberts Stadium is one people will remember for years to come.

"We're gonna go out with a bang. I can guarantee you that," said Ball.

Show Times:
Thanksgiving Day - 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Friday, Nov. 26 - 9:30am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Saturday, Nov. 27 - 9:30am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm
Sunday, November 28 - 3:00pm

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