Anyone can throw out a ceremonial first pitch, but Wednesday night, Trenton Chief of Staff Francis Blanco threw out a bowling pin.
Blanco, subbing for Mayor Eric Jackson, was in attendance not at a baseball game, but at the the American Youth Circus Festival held at the Old Roebling Wire Works.
After speaking to the enthusiastic crowd of about 400 young circus performers and their coaches visiting from all over the country, she officially opened the four-day festival by tossing a juggling pin to Shemar White, of Trenton.
White, who is a graduate and now a staff member of Trenton Circus Squad (TCS) – which is hosting the festival – credits the squad with helping him develop the determination to finish school.
“I like coming here every day and working hard, doing what I got to do. I love working hard. I never give up.”
For an organization only in it’s 3rd year of existence, to have been selected to host this national event is quite an honor, he said.
This is the festival’s first time in the tri-state area and the honor is especially meaningful to TCS Executive Director Zoe Brookes.
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