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The circus is in Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) – The Barak Shrine Circus has arrived at the Monroe Civic Center for its 56th year in a row. Our Nolan Crane shows us the preparations taking place to put on the largest circus in Northeast Louisiana.

One of the main attractions when it comes to the circus is the different animals. This right here is jumpy, a four year old alligator, three feet in length, weighs about 20 pounds. This is just one of six different alligators that are going to be performing some tricks here at the circus.

"The alligator will go all over the ring and I take the big one and stick my head in alligator's mouth, stick my hands and wrestle them a little bit and the kids they really love it," said Tahar Dowis.

In addition to the animals there are also people with some unique skills who will be performing like this foot juggler.

"It took me about two years to learn and I've been doing it consecutively for three years," said Rachel Plunkett.

When the objects are up in the air Rachel says she concentrates on one spot the whole time in order to master her skill.

"Obviously I don't want to drop it because that would be embarrassing," said Plunkett.

Although the Civic Center arena is empty now, knowing there will be hundreds of kids brings joy to everyone's face.

"The three best days of my life is being with the children because that's what the shrines all about, is the children, without them we couldn't do what we do," said David Nicholson.

If you want to see jumpy or all of the other animals or tricks for yourself you can do so tonight at 7:30 pm.

There are six performances this weekend. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. All of the money will be used to support the Barak Shrine Temple in Monroe.

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