If you are near the Iowa State Fairgrounds during the fourth weekend in March, make sure not to miss the amazing Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus. This family-oriented spectacular is a must-see event for you and your family, featuring the return of the famous Hamid Tigers, elephants, ponies, chimps, trapeze artists, clowns and more acts you are sure to love.This year, the Circus is making its way to the new Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds from Friday, March 23rd, through Sunday, March 25th. There are multiple show times scheduled: Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Fareway, HyVee and Dahl’s stores; tickets for children 12 and under are only $7, and adult tickets are $14. Additional information, including directions to the fairgrounds, is posted on the Iowa State Fairgrounds official website.
This yearly event is brought to you by the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine located in Altoona, Iowa. The Shrine is part of the Shriners network that supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children and strives to improve the quality of life for the children that are patients there. The Circus is one of the Shrine’s most beloved events, and it brings joy and laughter to thousands of children each year. You can get more information about the Circus or other events presented by the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine on its official website (http://www.zagazigshrine.org/circus.htm).
If you are coming from out of town and are looking for a convenient place to stay, consider the Valley West Inn, conveniently located in the heart of Des Moines. This modern hotel offers spacious rooms, first-class amenities, affordable rates and excellent customer service to make you feel right at home. Stay for the weekend to enjoy the circus, or stay longer to enjoy the other sights that Des Moines has to offer. Visit its website www.valleywestinn.com for more information about the hotel or to make a reservation. The website also offers links to other local events and attractions.
Whether you have children or are just a kid at heart, the 62nd annual Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Circus is the event for you and your family. Step inside the magical world of the Circus and prepare to have a marvelous time. This is a great way to support the valuable services that the Shriners provide.