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Why not run away with the circus, for at least two days, when death-defying stunts, exotic animals and tantalizing magical acts arrive in Klamath County for four performances.

The Jordan World Circus joins with the Klamath falls Hillah Shriners for the 2019 Shrine Circus at the Klamath County Fairgrounds, Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19. There will be two performances on each day that the circus is in town, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The events serve as a fundraiser for the local Klamath Falls Shriners Club, which are known for far more than their tiny cars in big parades – the collective participates in numerous local charities and philanthropic efforts. The circus connection has been an annual tradition for the local Hillah Shriners, an effort to educate, entertain and enrich the local community.

The 2019 Shrine Circus will offer three rings filled with action and incredible performance. Performers include Adam Burck’s Royal Bengal Tigers, Cossack Horse Trick Riders from Kyrgyzstan, Kristin Finley the Human Cannonball, Tomatoe the Clown, a magic show, juggling act, motorcycle stunts, trapeze artists, elephants, trained bears, dogs and even a famous Transformer will make a special appearance.

Overseeing the incredible action is Ari Steeples, a third-generation circus bear trainer who has doubled as ringmaster for the Jordan World Circus for over two decades.

In addition to performing acts, kids in attendance will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals.

“The Oregon Shrine Circus has been in business for 40 years, and they have consistently been with us for those 40 years,” said Lance Lesueur, Klamath Hillah Shriners vice president. “The kids love the animals, but I’ve seen adults just as mesmerized. The showings are always great, it’s got a lot of entertainment.”

Tickets will be available at the Klamath County Fairgrounds Event Center entrance for $18. There are also special-discounted $16 tickets available at the Klamath County Fairgrounds and Coastal Farm & Ranch Supply, where one adult ticket purchase gets in one kid’s ticket free.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Klamath County Fairgrounds office, Coastal Farm & Ranch, or online at www.tinyurl.com/y3sgpukn.

email kliedtke@heraldandnews.com @kliedtkeHN

Staff reporter for the Herald and News.