Congratulations to the Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois.
The R.J. Krause All-Stars enjoyed being at the Shriners parade in Belleville and the circus at the Belle-Clair Fairgrounds. This was the 48th annual circus.
Rick Sieben is the 2014 potentate (president) and Kevin Fernandez was the circus chairman.
When we arrived at the circus we had our picture taken with the many clowns. We went to our seats and enjoyed the different refreshments -- popcorn, soda, water, cotton candy, sno cones, corn dogs and funnel cakes.
The circus began with the National Anthem. There were many acts including the trapeze artists, the WinnLee Sisters, Windy City Tumblers, tigers, elephants, dogs and camels.
The All-Stars really enjoyed the final act, "The Human Cannonball."
This information came out of the Shriners souvenir program: The Shriners are dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment regardless of the patient's ability to pay.
If you know of a child who would benefit, contact a Shriner or call their East St. Louis office at 618-874-1870. The Shriners are dedicated to improving the lives of children.
Richard "R.J." Krause