Range Shrine Circus in Hibbing this weekend

Skippy the Happy Clown will be there, confounding this year's crop of babies. (PHOTO: Range Shrine Circus FB page)

Skippy the Happy Clown will be at the Range Shrine Circus in Hibbing, confounding this year’s crop of babies. (PHOTO: Range Shrine Circus FB page)

The Range Shrine Circus opens today at the Hibbing Memorial Building arena, the biennial event at the heart of building up the tolerance of young ears to random loud noises.

The Shrine Circus has always alternated between Duluth and Hibbing each year, since 1953. Jim Fisher wrote about some circus memories and speculates on its future at Hometown Focus.

They used to parade the animals from the train station to the arena, something a young Bob Dylan saw as a kid and wrote about later. And while controversy topics like “should animals be used in circuses?” or “should clowns be allowed to live?” continue to enliven community discussion, for circus fans this is a pretty big deal.

The first performance is this morning at 10 a.m., with another tonight at 6 p.m. On Saturday there are shows at 1 and 6 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m.

The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for children 12 and older and free for kids under 12.

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