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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Trapezes and tigers return to Dodge City

  • The Hamid Circus is back in Dodge City putting on its first show of the season at the Civic Center though the weekend.
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      What: The Shrine Circus produced by Hamid Circus

      Where: Dodge City Civic Center, 2110 First Ave.

      When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. ...
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      What: The Shrine Circus produced by Hamid Circus
      Where: Dodge City Civic Center, 2110 First Ave.
      When: Saturday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
      Cost: $5 for children, $10 for adults at the door
  • The Hamid Circus is back in Dodge City putting on its first show of the season at the Civic Center though the weekend.
    Ringmaster Peter Sturgis leads the show for "kids of all ages" with acrobatics, aerial dancers, tigers, horses and more, and proceeds from the event benefit the Dodge City Shrine Club, which provides free transportation to hospitals for sick children and their families.
    The Shrine Circus is a longstanding tradition of the Shrine Club and Hamid Circus, which has been producing the shows for four generations. The founder, George Hamid, once toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, where the story goes he was taught to read and write English by sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
    The excitement you see on stage and the equipment used in the circus is a product of generations of tradition, from the width of the rings to flaming hoops and trapezes, said "Just Larry" Larry Clark, who clowns around with the traveling show.
    Coming to Dodge City for the first show is like meeting up with family again, he said, as the performers have years of experience working with each other.
    The drive through winter storms almost caused delays for the troupe's first show Friday afternoon, but like the showbiz rule demands, it went on for a crowd of kids and their families from throughout southwest Kansas.
    Prior to the show, the Shrine Club gave out more than 2500 tickets to children in kindergarten through fourth grade in USD 443 and Bright Beginnings alone. Many local businesses, too, have purchased tickets to give away.
    For everyone else, tickets are $5 at the door for children and $10 for adults.

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