MORRISONVILLE — This year's Oriental Shriners Circus will offer something for everyone, organizers say.
Entertainers will gather under the big top for two shows Sunday, at 1 and 5 p.m., at Clinton County Fairgrounds on Route 22B in Morrisonville.
"They change it up every year for us," George Mudd, Peru resident and chief rabban of the Oriental Temple Shriners, said of Walker Brothers's circus acts. "There's not one main attraction."
The circus, he said, is for all ages and includes jugglers, tightrope walkers, acrobats, a woman who does a bit with a horse and more. Popcorn, food and beverages are also a guarantee.
"We keep our circuses as family friendly as we can," he said.
The Shriners will also continue the tradition of admitting two children under the age of 12 for free with each paid adult ticket, which costs $12.
"In today's economy, basically, where can you take an adult and two children for $12?" Mudd said, adding that the group greatly appreciates the community's support.
In years' past, the Oriental Temple Shriners held the circus fundraiser at the Crete Civic Center or Plattsburgh State. Last year, they moved it to the fairgrounds and held the show under a tent.
"We found it (the tent) gives more of an atmosphere of a circus," Mudd said. "We did get a lot of comments last year on the tent. People seemed to like it."
Walker Brothers, just coming off shows at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, has been a hit with area children at previous performances.
In one act, children juggle, do acrobatics, and other little ones from the crowd are invited down for a closer look, Mudd said.
"Seeing other kids about their age performing, that's what makes them really enjoy it. You can see the smiles and laughter."
"We do it for the kids," he said. "The North Country is very good to Oriental."
Purchase tickets at the admission office Sunday or online at www.ticketweb.com.