By JEFFRY GREENBERG
There was not a moment’s hesitation when Circus Director Ron Reynolds was asked about the featured performer at this year’s Moolah Shrine event, held March 19-22 at the St. Charles Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway in St. Charles.
“We actually have Bello Nock this year!” Reynolds exclaimed. “He’s the famous clown daredevil with orange hair. He’s a really big name who gets around, and used to be with the Barnum and Bailey Circus.”
Not only does Nock’s orange hair stick straight up to the sky, but his entire being is often seen high up as well. He’s been known to do a variety of death-defying events far off the ground like atop cruise ships and over the Statue of Liberty.
Nock is not the only performer with a strong pedigree. Circus patrons will be delighted by and able to pose for photographs with the Olate Dogs, who captured the $1 million grand prize on America’s Got Talent in 2012. The authentic three-ring circus also features incredible high-wire trapeze artists, beautiful Arabian stallions, hilarious clowns, and an unforgettable FMX motorcycle finale.
Tickets for all eight shows, ranging in price from $18.50 to $38.50, can be purchased at the Family Arena Box Office [times vary] or online at familyarena.com or moolah.org. The latter site also offers a free child ticket for ages 12 and younger with each paid general admission ticket.