Shrine Circus Wows Great Falls In A Big Way- Behind The Scenes Look
Cover Photo- Long Time Shriner John Hayes- kids love him!
Once a year the Shrine Circus makes its way to Great Falls and just like years past- it did not disappoint. Clowns, elephants, cotton candy and kids is what makes a circus special. The circus had all of that and more.
This year you could ride an elephant or a camel. They had ponies and dogs doing tricks. You could get your face painted or find a keep sake to take home, there was something for everyone.
The purpose of the Shrine Circus is to raise money for the Shriners. The Shriners are members of an Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. They are a charitable organization that was founded in the United States in 1872. They are an international fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of love, relief and truth. Most of the funds go to support the Shriners Hospital.
The Shriners Hospital helps thousands of kids and their family each year with a variety of challenges. There are 32 Shriners Hospitals near Great Falls including Kalispell and Spokane. Shriner’s hospitals do not charge their patients or the families for the care they provide. This is why the circus is a primary fundraiser for them
The East- West Shrine football game is another annual event that is used as a fundraiser. The game selects the best seniors from all classes of high school football to compete one more time while representing their respective high school. The game rotates between Great Falls, Butte and Billings with each town hosting every third year. Each host town tries to “out raise” the previous town. Great Falls hosted the game in 2022 and set a record for fundraising. This year’s game will be held June 17th in Butte at Naranche Stadium. Good luck topping last year’s Great Falls numbers!
I thought I was about to lose a chunk of my arm from Mr Camel
One fact that most people don't know, the circus spends a lot of money while in Great Falls. This year they bought a new truck from a local dealership. They give back to the communities that they visit. If you missed the Shrine Circus this year, you will definitely want to put it on your calendar for next year.
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