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Last updated: Fri. Jan. 24, 2014 - 07:16 am EDT

Cold cuts into the draw at Mizpah Circus on Thursday morning

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The low wind chill that delayed schools in Allen County also affected the audience numbers at the Mizpah Shrine Circus on Thursday morning.

“The cold affected the turnout big time this morning,” said Steve Trume, circus director for the 68th annual Mizpah Shrine Circus.

The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization, and over the weekend the Shriners expect 10,000 children to attend. Trume said they have been lucky with the weather the past few years, but he can remember a time in the 1980s when they had a lot of cold winters.

“I saw buses slide sideways in the parking lot it was so slick back then,” Trume said.

In the late 1990s they had several years where snow was a factor making for canceled schools and low attendance. Trume said if a class has been scheduled to come that day but couldn't because of the delay they are still welcome to be there if they can find their own transportation.

Looking around the coliseum there were only a few hundred people in attendance. But as they say, “the show must go on,” and it did. The few kids who were there were treated to a variety of acts including, trapeze artists the Flying Pages; Judit and Juergen Nerger and the Big Cats; and Rick Wallenda, famed artist of the high wire.

Trume said there are still plenty of tickets left. They cost $12, $14, $17, and $20. Children 2 and under get in free, provided they sit on a parent's lap. Shows run through Sunday. For more information go to:

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