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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Arab Shrine Circus a family affair
Circus family enjoys the lifestyle that brings them to Expocentre

Shane Hansen
By Thad Allton THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
Shane Hansen, part of Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations, practiced his acrobatic skills Friday afternoon before the opening night of the Arab Shrine Circus at the Kansas Expocentre.
The act includes his wife, Alicia, and two of their three children, 7-year-old Olivia and 5-year-old Madison. The youngest member of the family, 11-month-old Ella, is in the training stage.
“Neither of us pushed or encouraged our daughters to perform,” he said. “They saw us practice and perform and wanted to join in. Both love doing it.”

THAD ALLTON/THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL
Shane Hansen, Hansen's Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations, took a break from practicing the trampoline Friday to spend a little time with his youngest daughter, 11 month old Ella. Ella's sisters, 5 year-old Madison and 7 year-old Olivia, are already members of the family act and Ella will join them as soon as she can.
The Arab Shrine Circus, produced by Hamid Circus, will have public performances at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Children who received one of the 3,000 tickets distributed by the Shrine will attend a free performance at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Roger Farthing, public relations director for the Arab Shrine of Topeka, said this is the 72nd year the organization has brought the circus to town. Those attending will have a chance to win one of four bicycles at each performance.
Adult tickets are $16.50 for reserved seats and $13.50 for general admission seating. For children 12 and younger, the prices are $13 and $10, respectively.
Tickets can be purchased in Topeka at the Expocentre box office, the Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S. Kansas Ave., and Dillons and Hy-Vee stores; in Lawrence at Hy-Vee and Dillons stores; and in Emporia at Crawford Furniture, Bad Ol' Bern's BBQ and Guion Showcase Furniture.

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