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Shrine Circus coming to Douglas County Fairgrounds

Daniel Raffo will present his tiger act at the Alexandria Shrine Circus on Friday, June 22. (Contributed photo)

The Alexandria Shrine Circus will be at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on June 22 with two shows at 2:30 and 7 p.m.

The show will feature Daniel Raffo, a fifth generation circus performer, and his group of tigers.

Raffo began presenting animals at age 13. His feline cohorts consist of Siberian, Sumatra and Bengal tigers. He trains them for four years before they can join the act. The maneuvers that the tigers perform are extensions of their natural abilities.

George Carden Circus International presents family entertainment with a three-ring production. It is owned and produced by George Carden. He is the fifth generation in show business and has been in the circus business all of his life.

Adept in all areas of the circus, he started his own in 1981 and then purchased his father's circus and integrated the two.

The entire operation is housed between Springfield and Willard, Missouri. Carden's pride and joy are his elephants. He currently owns 10.

The circus travels more than 40,000 miles each year in the U.S. and Canada. The season lasts 42 weeks.

Tickets for children 12 and younger are $5 and adults are $10. Attendees may register to win one of six youth bicycles.

Tickets can be purchased from Pete's County Market, Elden's Fresh Foods or at the fairgrounds.