The Shrine Circus will be bringing elephants when it comes to town April 19-22 at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.
This year, the Shriners contracted with Tarzan Zerbini Productions for an old-fashioned big-top event complete with clowns, aerial acts, acrobats and daredevils.
In years past, the Shrine Circus has featured small animal acts.
This year, the circus adds a group of dancing horses and elephants trained by Erika Zerbini, 25, a ninth-generation circus artist.
"Zerbini is not only one of the world's few female elephant trainers, but she's also one of the youngest exotic animal trainers," said Shriners spokesman Luke Hoene. "Also on the bill are the usual assortment of clowns, both from our traveling circus and local Shrine clowns, as well as trained dog acts, music and the showmanship of ringmaster Ted McRae."
There are eight shows scheduled throughout the four-day visit. Performances are at 7 p.m. April 19; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 20; at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 21; at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 22.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $15 reversed seats and $25 for ringside seats.
Tickets are available at Tri-City area Albertsons stores or online at www.elkatifshrinecircus.com.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org