Sioux City, Iowa — Shriners in Sioux City have decided to cancel their annual circus for the second year in a row.
Shrine spokesman David Krogh says the coronavirus pandemic is again the issue.
(as said) “The leadership of Abu Bekr Temple got together last week and they met with our circus promoter George Cardin International — who we have been with for 22 years — given the trouble they are having putting circuses together with acts spread all over the globe, literally,” Krogh says.
He says there are still restrictions on the venue where they hold the circus. Krogh says it is disappointing to have to cancel the popular event for a second year.
(as said) “It’s just the world that we are living in right now. We had everything scheduled for last year and tried to postpone and reschedule several times and the events of COVID just were allowing us to put it on and keep the community safe,” Krogh says.
He says the Temple in Sioux City is still planning on holding an event in the fall.
(as said) “August 12th through the 14th were are going to be hosting the Midwest Shriner Association — which is composed of 14 temples in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota up into Canada — all belong to this association,” according to Krogh. “If we are able to get out and parade and go hard and we don’t have any trouble with COVID virus, expect a lot of Shriners to bring their fezzes, toys, and parade equipment and expect a lot of shriners to come to Sioux City.”
Krogh says the Iowa Shrine Temples still hope to hold the annual Shrine Bowl High School All-Star football game this summer at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. The game was canceled by COVID last year.