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I did go to the circus as a child, but when I took my kids years later I was actually horrified at the condition of the animals and where they had to "live". Awful. Glad they circus is rolling up it's tents and I hope all the animals have a safe haven and room to roam.
By: Kathe W. on January 18, 2017
When I was a young girl the circus coming to town was HUGE! First their was a long parade through the town streets with all the animals and performers in costume, of course! The day of the performance the whole town was there! And at that time it was still under the big tent and there were three rings. A few years ago we took grand children to see the circus -- and it was tawdry and very poorly attended and very few animals. Times and sensibilities change and I'm glad not to see animals in cages -- but I am kind of glad I did get to see it in its heyday...
By: The Broad on January 18, 2017
Not really going to miss the circus. I only went to one as a kid and don't really remember much of it. At least there's still Cirque de Soleil I suppose.
By: PT Dilloway on January 18, 2017
I saw Ringling Bros. about twenty-five years ago on Gunther's goodbye tour. Won't miss animal acts, but it is a shame something so iconic will no longer be around.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 18, 2017
I saw Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey many decades ago. Hard to follow three rings at once. I have mixed emotions about zoos and circuses. In fact, I'm quite a contradiction of terms when it comes to animals. I had an uncle who really did run away and join the circus. Didn't stay, though. Served in both WWs (on Patton's staff in the second) and graduated West Point between. A fascinating man.
By: Kelly on January 18, 2017
I've been to the circus several times & I loved it--not the animal acts, though!!
By: fishducky on January 18, 2017
I've been to circus a couple of times as a child. Through my eyes, I was caught up in all the grander. Those were different times and the treatment of animals wasn't mainstream news. I'm pleased to hear they're shutting down.
By: Daniel LaFrance on January 18, 2017
My parents took us to the circus many times, and i took my kids often, too. It makes me wish they could continue, just without all the animal acts.
By: messymimi on January 18, 2017
I was in one. I went to Sarasota High and as it was the winter home for Ringling--it was not unusual for a classmates's father to be a Wallenda of the high wire or shot out of a cannon. Our school capitalized and annually put on the Sailor Circus. We took advantage of the second generation kids though anyone could learn. Average kids walked the high wire, trapeze, and Spanish web. We even had a big top, It was quite a production. I went out for high wire forgetting I was terrified of heights and ended up as a clown which I loved. We had no animal acts. That part I am grateful is over but I will miss the performers.
By: Arkansas Patti on January 18, 2017
No. I've never been to a circus. But I read "Water for Elephants." Does that count?
By: Val on January 18, 2017
Animals or not the circus could no longer compete with all the entertainment options. The last time I went it was down to one ring.
By: cranky on January 18, 2017
I think I've seen the Ringling Bros Circus, but it was back in my "yout", and I can't remember anything at all about it. But I agree, animals deserve a life, too, and I don't think God put them here to be in show biz.
By: scott park on January 18, 2017
I've never been to a circus but based on what I've read about how the animals are treated, I'm glad Ringling Brothers is going, going, gone. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on January 18, 2017
I've never been to a circus, but the animal sanctuary for the retired Ringling Brothers elephants is in the county where I live. I'd love to go there, but it's not open to visitors.
By: Pixel Peeper on January 18, 2017
I never made it to a real circus but did see some very sad little shows that as you say the costumes ragged and animals pathetic.
By: red Kline on January 18, 2017
I saw Ringling a couple of times when I was young but never liked seeing the animals because I felt sad for them. I always mad sure to sit far away from the lion and tiger cage because I hated to hear the whip. I wonder what P.T. Barnum must be saying now( certainly nothing about suckers). I do wonder about the people who worked all their lives in the circus. Where will they go now?
By: Birgit on January 18, 2017
oh yeah, my parents took us kids to Ringling Brothers circus many times. I even remember very vaguely when it was still in the big tent, before it moved indoors to the Colliseum. sad to see the circus fade away. it served so many purposes, brought fun and excitement and entertainment to rural communities, gave misfits a home and a community. I'm glad the elephants and wild animals will no longer be caged but I still think it's sad to see the circus go.
By: Ellen Abbott on January 19, 2017
Oh yes indeed. I posted about it today. https://tomcochrunlightbreezes.blogspot.com/2017/01/all-three-rings.html
By: Tom Cochrun on January 19, 2017
I used to live in a town that advertised itself as the "Birthplace of the American Circus" and had its Elephant Hotel (currently town hall) to "prove" it. But like you, I'm glad the circus is now history.
By: Tom Sightings on January 19, 2017
I've never been to the circus either. I really didn't think of it from an animal's point of view until much later in my life. R
By: Rick Watson on January 20, 2017
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