Circus is back in Fargo

Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 10:01 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The circus is back in Fargo after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For these performers, they’ve been itching to get back out in front of a live crowd for a long time.

“Put the make-up on and the costumes and go out to a crowded arena, that’s our play time. We never lost that appreciation, we missed that terribly.” said Tim Tegge, the ringmaster.

Performers at the FARGODOME have said that a lot of them had to get creative to help pay the bills while live shows were cancelled. Some took up trucking across America, while others picked odds and ends jobs.

“It was tough, you know for a lot of performers that have been in this all their lives, suddenly they’re faced for the first time in their lives with, ‘What do we do as far as a job?’” said Tegge.

“Very tough, very tough. Most circus performers had to find a new way of making a living for a couple of years. I drove a truck, my girlfriend worked different jobs and just not used to what we’ve grown up doing, but you find a way to survive.” said Hans Klose, an animal handler.

However, there were some outside the FARGODOME in protest of the circus being in town. One of the main message is that the circus can still exist without the use of animals in their shows.

“Fully support the circus in itself and the Shriners, we just don’t agree with the use of elephants and other animals because they live a great percentage of their lives chained up or in cages and it’s not much of a life.” said Kathleen Keene.

The Shriners’ circus has a combination of elephants, camels and dogs during their perfomances.

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