Hadi Shrine Circus postpones 87th year due to COVID-19
The long-running Thanksgiving weekend tradition will return in 2021.
EVANSVILLE, Indiana (September 3, 2020) — The Hadi Shrine Circus has inspired curiosity and wonder in children and families across the tristate for 86 years, but unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 87th year will have to wait until November 2021.
After consulting with the Vanderburgh County Health Department, the Hadi Shrine Temple has made the tough decision to postpone the 2020 Hadi Shrine Circus, which was set to start on Thanksgiving Day.
“Our top priority is the safety of children, families, and our nobility in our communities as well as the performers that would have to travel across the country,” said Joe Vezzoso, Hadi Shrine Circus Executive Director. “For generations, attending the circus has been a time-honored tradition. We will certainly miss it this year, but look forward to taking this time to enliven one of the Last Great American Circuses in 2021.”
Each year, thousands of people gather in Downtown Evansville during the show’s four-day run. Classic acts like jugglers, acrobats, animals, and clowns still wow the crowd while the circus has evolved to include dazzling lights, music, and special effects.
Many big names in entertainment have stood in those three rings over years, including the Three Stooges in the 60’s, the Dukes of Hazzard in the 80’s, and most recently, Bello Nock from the hit television show America’s Got Talent.
Performers have awed audiences young and old since 1933. The circus was a marquee event at Roberts Stadium for 56 years before finding a new home at the Ford Center in 2011. The production takes 11 months of planning and over 1,000 people to pull off every year.
For more information, contact Dale Thomas, Hadi Shrine Spokesperson at 812-305-1336.
About Hadi Shrine Circus
Since 1933, the Hadi Shrine Circus has been a jewel of the tristate. With thousands of performers and millions of attendees spanning generations, its legacy is second to none. The Hadi Temple is proud of the show’s long history, with third and fourth generation families coming to see the circus. The circus kicks-off every year on Thanksgiving Day and ends Sunday, with eight showtimes total over the holiday weekend.