The Estevan and District Shrine Club will be bringing the Shrine Circus to Affinity Place in Estevan on June 3. There will be three shows: 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Funds raised from the circus will go towards the Shriners Hospitals for Children that are located throughout North America, including their hospital in Montreal, said local Shrine club member Gene Davis. The money also helps patients with the cost of travel to the hospitals, as well as medical services.
“The service that the Shriners provide through their hospitals for children has no attachments for ability to pay…it’s provided to them at no cost, said Davis.
As for the show, Davis said that spectators should expect traditional circus performances, which include elephants, trapeze performers and clowns. He said the Shriners are hoping to get big cats for the circus, too, as they were part of last year's show.
The Estevan and District Shrine Club’s goal for the circus this year is for every child in Grade 6 and under to attend the circus for free. Davis said the Shriners hope that businesses within in the city will buy a large amount of tickets to give to school systems, so the children can go to the circus.
“We hope to get enough support through the business community to enable us to do that, and that’s the type work we do here at the club,” said Davis.
Overall the circus is a great fundraiser for the Shriners Children's Hospitals, as in the past Davis said that the event was usually well attended.