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The Circus is Coming: Take the Patch Poll, Enter to Win Free Tickets

What's your favorite part of the show?

The Royal Hanneford Circus performs this President's Day Weekend in White Plains, transforming the Westchester County Center into an exciting three-ring extravaganza.

The show features tigers, acrobats, mother and baby elephants, the human cannon ball, ATV daredevils, trapeze stars, acrobats, high flyers, thrilling high wire walkers and the spectacular quick change artists among other internationally acclaimed circus performers—and more.

What's your favorite part of the circus? Take the Patch poll below to tell us. Also, share your memories of the circus in the comments section below.

To help celebrate the circus' visit to the area, Patch is giving away six 4-packs of tickets to the shows this weekend. To enter to win tickets, email Patch at williamd@patch.com by 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. See more about the rules below.

The circus includes performers from around the world.

Royal Hanneford Circus Hours: Saturday, Sunday & Monday: 10am, 2pm & 6pm
Cost: Adults & Children, 2 & over, pay the same price $28.50 or $22.50, depending on the seat location. (The 6 Patch contest winners get a set of 4 tickets for free)
Location:  Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY  10606

Patch Circus Ticket Contest rules...

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, send an e-mail with your full name, hometown, and contact telephone number to williamd@patch.com.
  • All entries must be received by 3 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012.
  • You may enter only once per family
  • Six winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Winners will recieve a four tickets to the circus. Each ticket is valued at $22.50. Transportation to/from the circus is NOT included in the prize and will be the responsibility of the winner.
  • Click here for complete Official Rules.
Spruce Bringsteen February 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I like the animals, trapeze artists and the food. Clowns I can take or leave. I voted for the cotton candy. Thanks to the Patch for giving away free tickets.
AMWW February 17, 2012 at 12:03 AM
No contest - the CLOWNS rule! Whether you find them funny or scary, it ain't a circus unless it's got CLOWNS!!
clm1950 February 17, 2012 at 01:31 AM
I don't like any circus that forces wild animals to perform for human entertainment.
M February 17, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I like when circuses use bullhooks and cattle prods on intelligent, complex social animals who have been ripped from their natural environment and tortured to perform unnatural and painful tricks for idiots who like shiny things.
M February 17, 2012 at 03:16 AM
P.S. google Royal Hanneford Circus animal abuse and see the host of citations the USDA has given the circus. Shame on the Patch for promoting this vile practice.
Sharon Sutherland February 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I think it is shameful that Yorktown Patch would promote this atrocity. That people take their children to this is even more bizarre. Maybe one day the elephants will stampede and the tigers will eat someone...then maybe people will understand the cruelty of a circus.
Dolores Buckenberger February 17, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The elephants and tigers are beautiful!
Jheny February 17, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I like the clowns,animals,tropeze.every thing.i hope I win I have 2 boys , that really want to go to the circus.thank you for giving away free tickets ...
Brian Duddy February 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Definitely the animals. My girls turn 2 next month. Would be a nice gift to take them to the Circus
Frank J February 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
What a shame that humans find joy in the suffering of animals. Don't believe the circus hype, animals in the circus are not, "happy" or "content". They are abused on a regular basis and what's worse is that it's excepted in the circus culture. Would we allow humans to be treated this way? I don't think so. Would we allow people to come into our homes and treat our dogs this way? No. If you treated my dog the way they treat the big cats, elephants and other animals you would be a very sorry individual. I guarantee it.
Walt February 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Originally I would have voted for the clowns as my favorite thing about the circus but after thinking about it, the beautiful performing animals are great. It's amazing to see the trainers make them do all kind of fantastic tricks for our enjoyment.
Phyllis February 18, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I love everything about the circus. It's just amazing of the talent that every character has and love my kids reaction on going to the circus.
Valerie Marie February 18, 2012 at 10:46 PM
We loved everything about the circus our favorite part was the dirt bikes in the cage!! Thank you to the PATCH for our free tickets! :-)

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