140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, June 7, 2010

Al-Kaly Shrine Circus draws Salida crowd




Sue Price - Mail Staff Writer

"Lions and tigers and bears - oh yes!" describes the Al-Kaly Shrine Circus, featuring the cast of Jordan World Circus and presented locally by Mon-Ark Shrine Club, which rolled into Salida Thursday.

Performers staged two shows in the open-air on White Field at Salida High School.

The circus is a fund-raiser for Shriner Hospitals for Children. Steve Jordan, potentate, said 300,000 Shriners worldwide support 22 hospitals which provide free care for children with burns or orthopedic conditions.

Since 1922, he said, the hospitals have treated more than 1 million children, Jordan said.

The traveling circus, owned by Jody and Patsy Jordan of Las Vegas, arrived with 12 rigs, about 50 cast members and crew, in addition to tigers, elephants, bears, ponies and more.

The Shriners will sponsor circuses in Salida, Colorado Springs, Lamar, CaƱon City, Rocky Ford, Trinidad, Monte Vista and Durango this summer.

"It is one of our year's biggest fund-raisers and a good way for us to get our name out so people know what we do," steve Jordan said. "It's also a way to bring a circus to smaller communities."

The two-hour, three-ring show featured an international cast performing balancing acts, animal acts, aerial artistry, high-wire acts and more.
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