UD officials issued the following statement: “The Shrine Circus has been a great partner, but it no longer was a good fit with Arena operations.”
Sweeney said scheduling conflicts with other events were mainly the obstacles with having the circus at other locations, including the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, the Nutter Center and on the former Delco property near the airport in Vandalia.
In the past, the event was held at Hara Arena and at the former Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Main Street, but it’s been held at the UD Arena for the past 18 to 20 years, Sweeney said.
The Antioch group has partnered this year with “The Tarzan Zerbini Circus,” which will bring traditional circus acts and performances, including elephants, tigers, clowns and an aerial acrobatics show.
This year’s circus will have a retro feel being held under a massive tent that will seat 2,550 people.
Sweeney said being under the tent brings people closer to the performances and will provide an “intimate, up-close, exciting experience.”
“This is our first tent show, at least it’s the first one in the last several decades,” he said. “We’re trying something new for us, but something very old in concept. It’s going to be a definite touch, sight, smell event that people aren’t going to want to miss.”
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The circus is the only fundraiser that supports the local Antioch Shrine organization, which raises money for shriners hospitals.
Tickets for the show are $20 for general admission, $35 for lower level VIP seating and $50 for ringside VIP seating.
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