Shrine Circus comes to Marathon Park
May 20, 2010
Come one, come all, when the Wisconsin Valley Shrine Club hosts its annual Shrine Circus this weekend.
The big top will be open for shows at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Marathon Park Ice Arena, 1201 Stewart Ave., Wausau.
The annual event, which was created more than 40 years ago, is used to raise money for the nearly 20 Shriners Hospitals for Children in the United States.
"Shriner's and the circus go hand in hand," said James Rox, circus coordinator. "It's a traditional family event and also our number one fundraiser.
"This year's circus, such as those in the past, will feature traditional fare including clowns and exotic animals, such as lions and elephants.Beverages and snacks such as peanuts, hot dogs and cotton candy will also be available for purchase.Despite changing times, the circus still remains a popular attraction for families, Rox said.
"There's always a fresh batch of kids who want to go to the circus. And the parents, they remember what it was like when they were kids," Rox said. "The light in the childrens' eyes when they go to the circus for the first time, that's what keeps me going."
Tickets for the circus cost $12 for children 12 and younger and $16 for adults and children 13 and older.
-- Dan Richter, for the Wausau Daily Herald
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