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Fun for everyone at the circus

Camel rides were one of the many attractions children could enjoy at the The Shrine Circus at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday afternoon in Alexandria. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)2 / 7
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Sophie Sanstead of Hoffman was the lead rider on an elephant that took children on a slow walk around the circus promenade area. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)7 / 7

The Shrine Circus in Alexandria delighted big crowds at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Friday.

There were acrobatics, magic, aerial performances, balancing acts and more.

At intermission, children rode elephants and a camel. They also could get their photo taken with a snake handler.

Two performances were held, one at 2:30 and another at 7 p.m.

The history of the Shrine Circus dates back to 1906 when the first one was held in Detroit, Michigan. Today, they take place in about 120 cities every year.

It’s a major fundraiser for the local Shriners, which support the Shriners Hospitals for children, a network of 22 pediatric specialty hospitals operated and maintained by the Shriners.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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