Circus Comes To Town And Helps Kids


By Ben Lyda

Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Rain or shine, the circus is in town. For 64 years, the Shrine Circus has entertained southern Idaho.

The El Korah Shrine takes the circus on tour every year as its largest fundraiser.

This year is no different, as it promises to entertain people of all ages.

"Shriners are known for having fun and helping kids; this is the having fun part," explains Mike Mastropaolo, potentate.

Having fun indeed, you can see them in almost every parade driving their small cars or riding the tiny motorbikes. However, the circus takes the fun to a whole new level.

"We have a human rocket, so we actually have a man being shot out of a cannon. We've had an awesome reaction despite some kind of crazy weather. You know, we have had really big crowds and the people really seem to love it. The kids look like they are having a great time," says Tess Emerson, ringmaster.

High flying acrobatics and clowns… the Shrine Circus also features many exotic animals.

Those who arrive early will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the animals.

"Something that's really nice and unique about our show is that if you come out an hour before show time, you can actually come down to the circus floor. You can actually ride on one of our elephants, get your face painted. We have pony rides. We have a giant moon bounce, so there's a lot to do here at the Shrine Circus. We have something for everybody here," Emerson says.

Something for everyone indeed, including the chance to give back and support a good cause.

"This is a major fundraiser for us and helps us support the temple and we can continue to support the kids that we help," Mastropaolo explains.

The Shriner's Hospital has helped over one million children, regardless of their ability to pay.

The final show will take place Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the Filer Fairgrounds.

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