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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Circus comes to Rosenberg




Daniel "Boo-Boo" Gomez, left, and Marcus "Grumpy" Smith like to make children laugh Photo: / HC
B.J. Polloc, Houston Chronicle  
By B.J. Pollock
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Come one, come all to the Shrine Circus at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 Texas 36 South in Rosenberg through April 29.


Jim Spaulding, circus chairman, said the circus is the only fundraiser each year that provides operating funds for the Arabia Shrine Temple in Houston. 


"We do fundraisers all year long for the (Shriners) Hospitals, but this is the one fundraiser that keeps our Shrine center going; and without the Shrine center, we couldn't support the hospitals."


Located at the intersection of Harwin and Beltway 8, the center is where many Shriners units and clubs meet, and is the hub of the group's Houston-area operations, which include the Shriners Children's Hospital in Houston and the Shriners Burn Center in Galveston. 


"So, in a roundabout way, the funds from the circus get back to the hospital," Spaulding explained. 


The ringmaster will call patron's attention to the center ring in the O.D. Tucker Covered Arena at the fairgrounds, as young and old alike thrill to nearly 20 acts, including Yandong Chinese Acrobats to the Carden Mixed Animal Review, Don Otto the Diving Fool to the Espana Sphere of Fear.


Gates will open two hours prior to each evening and afternoon performance, with free Shriners' acts and local talent entertaining crowds.
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