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Va, Md Delegates Go to the Circus

Anita Kumar

ST. PAUL -- Dominion Resources, the energy company, treated the Virginia and Maryland delegations to a lunch-time circus performance today that included acrobatics and fire juggling.

The event was put on by Circus Juventas, a non-profit organization in St. Paul that trains children in performance art to inspire artistry and self-confidence. Many members of the audience reacted with "oohs" and "ahhs" when watching the intricate acts that included ropes, swings and fire.

Chuck Gast, second vice chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, said the event was a great chance to meet people from other states.

Dominion hosted the event for the Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania delegations. A similar event was held Sunday for the West Virginia delegates.

Hundreds of people crowded inside a darkened, cavernous room for the performance while snacking on shrimp, pasta, roast beef and sipping wine.

The performance had been scaled back because of concern for the victims of Hurricane Gustav on the Gulf Coast.

"There is a big cloud hanging over all of us,'' said James Shalleck, chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee. "All of us are trying to make the best of it."

Dominion CEO Tom Farrell announced at the event that the company would be making a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross for hurricane victims.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2008; 3:51 PM ET
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