Shrine Circus stops in Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! The circus is in town and has some special acts for all to see.

Workers with the Shrine Circus set up at the Heartland Event Center Tuesday afternoon.

They set the stage for the Globe of Death, the jugglers, acrobats and animal acts.

For me I love being on the road," said Brunon Blaszak, tiger trainer with Shrine Circus. "I get stir crazy when I get home, and sit around doing nothing. For me being on the road, it's my second home."

Blaszak is a fourth generation tiger trainer. He said he's typically on the road between six and eight months.

Blaszak has 20 tigers back home in Florida, and brought five of them with him for the shows in Grand Island.

He trains them with voice and hand commands, and lots of meat treats.

"I had something pretty cool to show at show and tell, you know tell kids, "I got tigers in my backyard," and they'll go, "oh, we only got cats and dogs and stuff." So it was pretty cool growing up with tigers, having them in the backyard," Blaszak said.

As he works with his tigers, Blaszak said he couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Performers with the Shrine Circus have their first performance Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

They'll have two more shows Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.