Shriners Bring Circus To Town

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The Shrine Circus is coming to Payson Wednesday night. The circus starts at 6 p.m, Sept. 21 for one performance only at the Payson Event Center.

"It's a three-ring circus," said Jack Garrett, circus chairman for the El Zaribah Shrine.

He said among the featured acts will be the Vincent Von Duke Performing Tigers and Lions, Kathy Hanneford Horses, Asian elephants, Thrills on Wheels rollerskaters, BMX champion Karoly Zeman and Wild Motorcycle Daredevils performing in an enclosed cage.

Performing dogs and a trapeze act will also be featured.

"The circus is produced by Jody Jordan of Las Vegas," Garrett said. "He is also a Shriner, which makes it nice."

The show will be about two hours and 15 minutes, Garrett said, and includes an intermission.

Payson is actually the first stop for the show. It will travel to Flagstaff on Sept. 22, then to Phoenix/Scottsdale for a three-day, seven-performance engagement, Sept. 23-25. From Phoenix, it will go to Yuma and to Lake Havasu and Kingman.

Children under 12 will be admitted free with a coupon published in recent editions of the Roundup or with tickets available at area merchants. Adult tickets are $10 each.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lodged a formal protest with Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind on Sept. 14 concerning the circus and asked that it, and others like it, not be held on town property in the future.

Schwind said he did not respond to PETA.

"We have worked with the Jordan Circus in the past and have found they do perfectly acceptable work," Schwind said.

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