Rajah Shrine Circus returns to Hamburg

HAMBURG, Pa. - Excited kids of all ages funneled into the Hamburg Field House for one of the performances of the Rajah Shrine Circus.

"It's pandemonium at the circus. It's great fun," said circus ringmaster Peter Sturgis.

There are acrobats and animals, and it's all popular, but the kids and adults in the crowd agreed: Johnny Rockett runs away with the show.

"Here, it's Johnny Rockett. That's like the big hit of the show," said Woody the Clown. "He's just wild and crazy and he loves to have a good time."

As families take in the circus festivities, it's about more than that. It's about kids helping kids through the Shriners organization.

"It's a great cause for the Shriners, raising money for the things that they do around town and around the country," said Sturgis.

Organizers said they hope the shows this week will raise around $30,000, which will help organizations, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

"Just the wonderful memories we make for the families here," said Jared Kichline, the Shriners' potentate. "Rajah Shrine has been a part of the Reading community for about 125 years."

Wednesday's opening night had to be canceled due to weather, but organizers said if you had tickets, they will be honored at performances through Sunday.

"It's fun for everyone, and people should come out here," Sturgis said.

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