We had a really fun day on Sunday--we went over to Springfield, Illinois to enjoy the Ansar Shrine Circus at the Praire Capital Convention Center. We just had a blast. Katie is four, and can hardly wait to go again. She got to see elephants and monkeys, loved watching the jugglers and bike riders--and much like when I was a kid, she had her eyes covered for most of the high-wire act.
She also had a chance to try and few new things--like a snowcone and cotton candy. It was well worth the trip over to Springfield, and the Ansar Shrine Circus doesn't only provide wholesome family entertainments (and that's not something you find much anymore) but it supports a terrific cause--The Shriners Hospitals for Children. I couldn't believe how many fez's I saw--how many Shriners volunteered their weekend to help direct patrons to their seats, sell programs, and work the concession areas.
So next time you see the Shriners Circus in town--go! Have a great time with your family, and know that not only have you had a great day, but you've supported a worthy cause.
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