BILLINGS – A fun time for kids of all ages was had on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the 68th annual Al Bedoo Shrine Circus.
The Brass Band provided some of the entertainment between shows at the Shrine Auditorium.
The clowns welcomed Tim Hert, Shrine Potentate, or president, into the clown club, which ended with a pie in the face.
The big Bengal tigers started the show and were a big hit.
The circus helps the Shriners pay for the building, which helps with the top philanthropy, the Shiners Children’s Hospital.
It’s a fundraiser that is also about everyone having fun.
“Oh we’re having a blast,” said Lucky Seibert, intermission ringmaster. “We’re at our final show. Everything’s relaxed. We have a little fun. We poke people. The thing about this that is so, so unique is that you’re so close to the animals.”
“There’s not a Shriner out here that doesn’t want to see a kid smile,” Hert said. “It is absolutely amazing. I’ve been here all week seeing the people come in and out of here. Having people walk out and say how great a time they had, how great the show was, they’ll be back next year, and thanking us. That makes it all worthwhile.”
The Shriners hosted 10 shows and Hert and Seibert say the plan is the same for 2020.