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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Karem Shrine Circus dazzles audiences


A Belton youth takes his turn riding one of the elephants during the 2011 Karem Shrine Circus at the Bell County Expo Center last Friday. This year’s circus featured the opportunity for the audience to meet the performers before each night’s show.

by Matthew Girard

from: beltonjournal.com

Monday, 05 December 2011

BELTON, TEXAS--Thousands flocked to the Bell County Expo Center this weekend for the 3-day spectacle that was the 2011 Shrine Circus.
Last Friday through Sunday, Bell County residents got the opportunity to see exotic animals performing tricks and circus performers performing high-flying stunts.
The circus was a fundraiser for the Karem Shriners Chapter out of Waco.Karem Shrine Potentate David Buckles said the circus is a great way to spread happiness.
"When you think of the Shriners, you think of the circus," Buckles said. "It's a fundraising effort and a way to bring some happiness to kids."
The funds raised during the weekend go toward the Shrine's operating costs.
"We represent 13 counties and this is for an operating budget for 2012," Buckles said. "It takes a lot of money to run the local temples."
The circus featured performing elephants, tigers and other animals, and also featured acrobats, daredevils and clowns.
Circus goers also had the opportunity to get the full experience as audience members were welcomed into the three rings before the show to meet the stars, ride ponies and elephants and take photographs.
"It was a hoot," Buckles said of seeing all the smiling faces in the crowd. "We had a good turnout."
The Karem Shrine is known for their colorful participation in local parades and civic service in the community.

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