The Saladin Shrine Circus offered thrills and chills


Photos by Jeanne Vollmer

by Cynthia Price

The Saladin Shrine Circus, held at the Delta Plex  in Grand Rapids, last weekend, brought pleasure to many children, even as its proceeds will eventually end up helping many more.

The Saladin Shriners operate Shriners Hospitals for Children which has 22 locations in three countries. The hospitals provide specialty care for children and teenagers in the area of orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries,  burns, and cleft lip and palate. The circus proceeds help them offer services to any child, regardless of ability to pay.

This particular event uses the Jordan World Circus for special production assistance.

The current Saladin Shrine Potentate is Jonathan Duley, and the Recorder is Rick Williams. Jody Jordan owns the Jordan World Circus and is the producer of the event.

The thrilling circus acts include high wire, bareback riding, and exhibitions with many dangerous animals. There is an abundance of clowns, about 20 in all. People could also pose with a variety of fancy furry dogs.

For more about the Saladin Shriners organization, which has been around since 1886, visit