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The Shrine Circus is coming to town

The Shrine Circus will come to Alexandria on Friday, June 24 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. There will be two shows - one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for children 12 and younger and $10 for adults. They can be purchased at Pete's County Market and Elden's Food Fair in Alexandria or at the fairgrounds.

The circus will include the following acts.

• Vicenta Pages' tiger troupe has been together for nearly five years. Each animal came under her tutelage as a 15-month old cub. Their tricks are varied, from rolling over and lying down, to jumping hurdles and giving "high fives."

• Circus elephants. These Asian elephants are highly intelligent and learn quickly. All the elephants were born in the wild and have been trained since they were about 3 years old. Their average age is about 40 years.

• Lady on the Moon. Miss Luisa displays beauty and strength, performing various movements on the revolving moon.

• Johnny Dominguez and Miss Perla are a unique animal act, entering the ring as a clown act.

• Karoly Zeman. At 12 years old, Karoly was enrolled in the Hungarian Circus School. After one year he started performing with a flying trapeze troupe. He bought a BMX bicycle and started learning tricks. He won several international competitions and in 1992 took third place in the World BMX Championships. He has been performing on his BMX bicycle in the circus for several years.

• The Marinof Duo. George and Luisa Marinof of Bucharest, Romania perform acrobatic maneuvers while suspended above the floor. The Marinofs have created their own routines and feats, such as back planges and layputs while hanging by their teeth or toes.