Salida Circus celebrated its 15th anniversary with a performance Sunday at The 146 Taphouse, 146 W. First St. 

Magic ringmaster Steve Kucera hosted the show.

Joe Lobeck kicked off the show with a juggling routine involving balls and clubs.

Katharine Clapp, a snake charmer and belly dancer, originally joined the circus in 2012 but had since moved away. Clapp returned for the anniversary event and performed a belly dance.

Children from the Salida Circus Outreach Foundation performed an open floor routine, doing tricks on the mat such as flips and cartwheels.

Others in attendance included the Aerial Aura duo, Emily and Chris Wegert, along with circus stilt walkers who roamed around the venue in costume.

The circus was established in 2007 by Jennifer Dempsey, who previously worked in circuses in California and Northern Ireland before starting Salida Circus.

Relaxation Dental of Salida sponsored the event, and a stilt-walking tooth fairy presented the circus with a $10,000 check from the company. The circus is trying to raise money to produce a Rocky Mountain PBS documentary this summer.

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