WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Big crowds for opening night of “The Circus with a Purpose” in West Springfield. Spectators filled the grand-stands in the coliseum for 60th annual Melha Shrine Circus at the Big E.
The circus features all the traditional performances including Big Cat trainers taming tigers in the center of the coliseum, aerial acrobats, and of course, the circus clowns.
Proceeds support the shriners community work and their hospitals for children.
Bill Faust, Potentate of the Melha Shriners, told 22News, “Our doctors are the finest doctors in the world, and the things that they do for kids here in Springfield and all 22 of our hospitals. It’s just amazing work that they do to make kids healthier, and lead a better life.”
The Shriner Circus will hold one show Friday night, three shows Saturday, and two performances on Sunday.