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Over the past 65 years, the amount of entertainment at our fingertips has increased by leaps and bounds, but there's nothing that can take the place of the magic found under the Big Top.

So put away your smart phones, tablets and laptops for the March 14 return of the annual Zembo Shrine Circus.

Held in Zembo Shrine Center Auditorium, 2801 N. Third St., Harrisburg, the circus is celebrating its 65th year with 10 shows March 14 through 18.

Parking for all shows is free, and general admission is $12. Group discounts are available, and certain shows are offering $5 tickets for students and scouts.

For ticket information call 236-7241 or visit

Proceeds from the event go towards the upkeep of the Shrine Center, which was built in the 1920s and was inspired by Moroccan architecture.


In addition to the Zembo Clown Unit, which has been entertaining audiences since 1965, this year’s circus features a number of exciting acts.

Among them are Ricky and Chance, the only performing chimpanzees in the circus world today, according to the circus.

Also in the show will be the death-defying crossbow act, a quick change artist, acrobatics, sword balancing and the Globe of Death, where the Dominguez Thrill Riders defy gravity and sanity riding their motorcycles in a steel cage.

“It’s a good circus and it’s priced right for the people,” said Zembo Circus Media Chairman Larry Mummert. “They’re getting a real decent deal for a family event.”


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