(WKTV) - The Shriners Circus debuted Friday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
About 2,000 area third graders gathered to see the circus for free today in the first of five shows. This is the 67th annual circus and the 30th that has taken place at the auditorium.
Entertainment at the show includes clowns, tigers, camels and motor cross.
According to circus chairman John Sallustio, the money raised from the circus will continue to support local operations for the Shriners hospitals.
"It supports our transportation units, which provide free transportation to children out to our hospitals," Sallustio said. "Actually, that is being taken advantage of more and more recently. A lot of our patients are coming out of the Amish community, who obviously can't drive to Springfield or Boston.
The circus will run today through Sunday afternoon. There will be a circus at 7 p.m. Friday; 2:15 and 7 p.m. Saturday and at 2:15 Sunday.