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Aerialists will soar, tigers will prowl, clowns will ham it up, motorcyclists will speed up ramps, and hulking elephants will balance on precarious pedestals when the circus returns to Hammond next month.

The Orak Shrine Circus, the largest circus left in the United States after the end of the 146-year-old Ringling Brothers last year, brings the thrills of the big top to the Hammond Civic Center at 5825 S. Sohl Ave. in late November.

Performances will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24; and 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Anyone who shows up an hour early will get a chance to meet the circus stars or ride the exotic animals like white ponies.

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"Come and see the elephants, tigers, ponies, dogs, aerialists, jugglers and much, much more!" Hammond said in a press release. "Three big days … six big shows!"

Tickets are now on sale at the Hammond Civic Center Box Office and online at SuperShrineCircus.com for $12 for kids 12 and younger, $18 for adults and $22 for reserved seats, with proceeds benefiting the Orak Shriners.

For more information call 219-853-6378.

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