Circus Chimera coming to Craig

Grand Futures sponsors fund-raising effort in September

Something whimsical this way comes.

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, along with cosponsors McDonald's of Craig and Cook Chevrolet, is bringing the "Circus Chimera A Creation of the Imagination," to Craig Sept. 12-13.

The circus is a collection of acts featuring aerial contortion, juggling, tumbling, balancing, flying trapeze and other gymnastic performances enshrouded in elegant and extravagant costumes and ethereal music. The Circus Chimera, produced out of Hugo, Okla., is a circus after the European mold, with no animal displays or performances. It is a one-ring show, with no seats more than 60 feet from the ring. The performers greet audience members as they leave the show, making themselves available for pictures and autographs.

The event is a fund-raising vehicle, and "a good family orientated activity," according to Kent Nielson, senior director of Grand Futures. Grand Futures in a coalition that works to provide youth with alternative activities and education about drug use.

This is the first year Grand Futures has brought a circus to town.

"They say this is a heck of a show. This is our first year bringing in a circus, and we'll probably bring Circus Chimera every time if this works good," Nielson said.

The Craig Lions Club sponsors a biannual circus and this is the year off. According to Nielson, if this show is a success, it will also become an every-other-year event, running opposite of the Lions Club's productions.

All the funds collected would go toward Grand Futures' substance abuse prevention, youth leadership and grant writing programs, among others.

Children in kindergarten through fourth grade will receive a free ticket at school the week of the circus, and will also participate in contests to win a free family pass to Circus Chimera. There will be a drawing contest the week of Sept. 3, with the winners of the family passes being selected from four age groups on Sept. 11. Tickets for those under 14 or over 65 years of age will be $6, and regular tickets will cost $10.

There will be two Circus Chimera shows each day at Loudy-Simpson Park, one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.

For more information
For more information or to buy tickets, contact Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 824-5752. For more information on Circus Chimera, go to www.circuschimera.com, or call 1-888-ONE RING.

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