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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is Coming to Jacksonville, FL [WIN Tickets, Too!]


As a kid, my mom took me to the circus almost every year. I loved seeing the clowns {I know that seems weird...most kids are afraid of clowns.} and the tight rope act. I was always fascinated with the elephants. I loved to see them sit on their hiney and balance the colorful ball on their head. Remember the guys who rode the motorbikes in the big cage ball? How in the world did they never crash? The bright lights. The contagious excitement. The talented performers. My little eyes were trying to keep up with everything that was happening in each of the three rings under the Big Top. The circus is definitely a favorite pastime of mine. 



Once I had kids of my own, my mom continued the tradition of taking all of us to the circus. My kids all love the circus, from the 13 year old to the 2 year old, they LOVE it.  If I asked them their favorite act, they'd all have a different one. {Okay, maybe not the 2-year-old, but her eyes light up when she steps foot in the arena!}


Now, I take my kids to the circus each year, and I still love it as much as I did as a kid.

Want to know what my most favorite part of the circus is? The All Access Pre-Show! The Greatest Show on Earth is building up the excitement one hour before the show begins, at the All Access Pre-Show where children of all ages are invited to join our performers on the show floor! It's your chance to be right in the middle of the circus action. Clown around with the world-renowned Ringling Bros. Clown Alley, learn circus skills and get autographs from extraordinary circus stars, try on an iconic Ringmaster jacket and be part of our sensational Ringling Bros. dance party! Be mesmerized by one of our talented Asian elephants as they step into the center ring to show off their artistic aptitude and then enter for a chance to take home an exclusive piece of pachyderm art!

Great news, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming back to Jacksonville, FL!

Jacksonville, FL (January 2016) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®Presents LEGENDSSM unveils the unbelievable to Children Of All Ages. Legendary circus artists from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. Join us for an unforgettable family night of legendary proportions at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from January 21-24, 2016.
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on a quest to discover real, living legends from around the world. Audiences will experience Alexander Lacey and his enduring bond with his lions, majestic leopard and tigers during one of the most captivating acts. The Solar Hawks, a dream team of acrobats, come together to amaze by attempting four consecutive triple somersaults on a one-of-a-kind double-wide trapeze specifically designed for The Greatest Show On Earth®. The Riders of the Wind, Cossack trick-riders will thrill as they thunder into the arena on the backs of thoroughbred horses stealing your breath with their daring stunts. Experience and learn about the special relationship between trainers and treasured Ringling Bros.® Asian Elephants as each trainer shows off individual elephant’s natural skills and abilities.



Last year, I had the honor to go to a Pachyderm Picnic with the Ringling Elephants. Should something like this be available to the public again this year, I will be the first to tell you about it.



Show times in Jacksonville, Florida for January 21-24 are as follows:
  • Thursday, January 21 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, January 22 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 23 - 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 24 -  1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presemts LEGENDS start at $15. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available by visiting or calling 800-745-3000.  For group rates and information, call 866-248-8740.

Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts.  To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

Want to WIN tickets? I have TWO Family 4-Packs of Tickets to giveaway to two of YOU! Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. [Tickets are ONLY valid on Opening Night, January 21st, for the 7:30 performance.]

If you have any questions about this giveaway please email me at jonahbonahinjax at gmail dot com. 

I was given tickets for my family to attend the circus in exchange for this post. No monies were exchanged. All opinions are my own. Tickets provided by Liz Morgan PR and Feld Entertainment. Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, Disney Live! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and Marvel Universe LIVE!  More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at


Jenniffer Wiseman said...

I took my son a few years back and we got to be part of the circus. It was fun and a great memory!

RevElkins said...

We loved the circus last year. My favorite memory is taking a family picture with us all wearing the free clown noses.