The Circus is Coming

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Ringmaster Billy Martin will host a menagerie of Animals, Acrobats, Dare Devils, and High Flyers as well as Special Guest Star Grandma  in the 39th Annual, All New 2014 Royal Hanneford Circus at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

This cast of International Stars along with ferocious tigers, the famous Hanneford Elephants, performing bears and the cutest canines provide a wonderful two hours of entertainment for the entire family.

Martin and his amazing cast of performers and animals are set to appear Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 15-17. Show times are 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 pm. each day.

Love the circus? Enter our contest and you'll get a chance at winning a free 4-pack of tickets.

To enter, just answer this question in the comments section, below: If you and your family ran away to join the circus, what roles would you each want to take?

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Contest rules:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, answer this question in the comments section below: If you and your family ran away to join the circus, what roles would you each want?
  • All entries must be posted by midnight on Feb. 7, 2014.
  • You may enter once.
  • Four winners will be selected by random drawing from entrants on Patch sites in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. 
  • Each winner will receive a free 4-pack of tickets to the 39th Annual, All New 2014 Royal Hanneford Circus at The Westchester County Center in White Plains. Tickets are valued at $25 each. (Winner is responsible for transportation, parking)
  • Complete rules are attached to this article.
Gisele Weiss February 02, 2014 at 07:20 AM
Definitely the flying trapeze. We could fly through the air with the greatest of ease!
Mary O'Brien February 02, 2014 at 07:51 AM
If my small amazing family and I joined the circus my 5 year old (going on 30) would definitely be the main clown. With the awesome face paint, big red nose and of course she'd have her dog, Cagney, with his snaggletooth as her sidekick. She loves face paint and being the center of laughter. She is always making someone laugh because she said it's good for the soul. I, personally would be want to be a stilt walker because I am so short and I'm great with balancing. I'm sure I'd get hired for the dwarf act though lol. Last but not least my fiance would be the hype man aka get the crowd to participate in acts, songs and have the whole tent clapping & laughing. My family would bring great memories to everyone who attending.
Donna Ursini Lewis February 02, 2014 at 08:43 AM
I would walk the tightrope (I feel like I do it daily), my husband would be the lion tamer (in preparation for our three girls dating), And my three girls would most likely be trapeze artists (a way to be out of my grasp!).
Kim February 02, 2014 at 08:46 AM
As so many people use this story to explore their fantasies of being in the circus, it is interesting that no one has said "I would be the elephant captured as a baby, removed from my loving family, beaten with hooks, kept in a trailer, for my entire miserable, lonely life so that I could stand on a bucket for humans to watch" How come no one wants to be the elephant? Isn't that what empathy is about? Putting yourself in the place of another and imagining what they are experiencing?
Debra L. February 02, 2014 at 08:50 AM
I am surprised that parents and families continue to patronize circuses and other venues where animals are used for entertainment. At this point we should all know better! I am furious that the Patch is promoting this event with a contest. Think about what you are supporting, apologize and pull this ridiculous contest! Parents think about how you would feel if your children were taken away from you and lived their life with chains around their ankles or neck while others watched while scoffing down popcorn. Teach your children to care about other species!
Carolyn February 02, 2014 at 09:40 AM
My daughter would certainly be the clown, my husband the ringmaster and me the lion tamer. We'd love to see the circus together.
Kelsey F February 02, 2014 at 09:42 AM
My family would be the trick dogs. Lots of energy and always up for learning something new!
Erin Judson Galella February 02, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I would definitely be the dog trainer, if you know me you'd know why. My 3 year old would be a clown for sure bc she is so comical, my 6 year old says she would be the horse trainer bc she loves them and Hubby would be scared to do anything besides Ring Master.
Kim February 02, 2014 at 11:30 AM
The Patch comments section are for people (real people, not autobots continually generating meaningless circus fantasies) to discuss community issues. If the Hanneford people would like to actually DISCUSS this issue, great. bring it on. If animal rights people would like to make valid, evidenced points about animal abuse, we are free to do so. But this is spamming, and Patch Editors, you really need to deal with this.
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) February 02, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Hi, Kim, I'm not clear about your concern. I see commenters here answering the question that is posed in the article, as part of the contest Patch is running; and I also see commenters who object to circuses.
Kiley Blackman February 02, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Ms. Taliaferro, I sent you an email yesterday complaining about this Patch circus contest, haven't heard back yet. It would appear that Kim's comment may be correct, and that circus supporters have spammed these comments: This article has garnered over 40 comments, which is unusual for most Patch articles; most are pro-circus. Could be co-incidence...could be spam.
Kim February 02, 2014 at 12:31 PM
I didn't realize the Patch had required these responses to be in the comments section. I will be unsubscribing from this as it is blowing up my inbox every five seconds. I am used to a comments section being for actual content and discourse. I wonder, why the Patch is even supporting the circus anyway. This contest is a wholesale endorsement of a very controversial industry, hardly worthy of this type of editorial support.
Debra L. February 02, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I agree with Ms Gold. This was not the avenue for a contest. You have created support for a despicable industry instead of a dialogue. That is NOT journalism!!!
PatchRat February 02, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Clearly Patch was compensated to run a public relations campaign to raise visibility for the Circus coming to town. Likely the editor who wrote the story was simply assigned the responsibility to do so, without knowledge of payment to the advertising department. It worked!!! Based on the number of comments, clearly this piece received a lot of page-views.
Jeanne February 02, 2014 at 01:37 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with Kim and Debra's views on having animals in a circus, and my disappointment in Patch's decision to promote it. If Patch chooses to run a contest based upon comments, that is their prerogative, but it's too bad they did not select another venue. There is a Circus Arts organization in Tarrytown (which uses no animal acts), and just last night they had a show here. Too bad that it didn't get coverage from Patch. I hope that this thread will make some readers reconsider their feelings about supporting circuses that use animals for our entertainment.
Jeanne February 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Ms. Taliaferro, this thread has also become a place for one person's multiple anti-Obama comments, which are inappropriate and irrelevant. If it is to become that kind of free-for-all, perhaps I should add my recipe for a great kale salad. Perhaps keeping on the subject, no matter which side of the circus you stand on, might be the way to go. This is not a political forum. Just a suggestion.
Tonya Anthony February 02, 2014 at 02:24 PM
This is not a place to give opinions and political BS. If you don't like the contest then don't participate. Some families still enjoy the circus....
Jeanne February 02, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Agreed that this is not the place for politics. But there are wonderful circus events that do not include animals. Cirque Du Soleil is breathtaking, and there are always discounted tickets.
Tami A. Calvi February 02, 2014 at 02:59 PM
I agree with the comment by Jeanne. There is enough brutality in the world. Lets promote and watch joyful entertainment. Hey, if we want to see animal torture let's all go to Teatown!
Janet Ricciardi February 02, 2014 at 03:12 PM
My family would enjoy a trip to the circus! It's entertaining and it's great to take time out of busy schedules to do things as a family. I would be the MC and Ring Leader so that the performance runs smoothly. My son would be the lion tamer since he loves animals and has courage like a lion, my daughter would love to be the tight rope walker since she seems to be the most balanced, my son would be the goofy guy that drives around in the mini car and there is no fear of speeding or tickets, ( he is waiting to get his license!) because he is a jokester,. My husband would be the behind the scenes guy that made sure the logistics were working smoothly. My youngest son would ride the unicycle to feel like he's on top of the world. Here's to the Big Top!!
Debra L. February 02, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Tonya Anthony, this is not about politics. It's about teaching children right from wrong. It's about Us, humans, are not the only creatures on the planet. Mothers are mothers no matter what the species. Do not support entertainment that exploits other living beings. These are beautiful wild creatures not meant for a life under the big top. I agree with the others. Cirque de soleil is truly a fabulous show the entire family can enjoy. Think about it.
Bob Zahm February 02, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Nice idea for a context, Patch. Reasonable that people against animals in circuses add their 2cents here, but this is a contest after all. I must admit, though, that many of the comments do seem very, very similar in tone / structure - as if they were coordinated. Regardless, glad the circus is coming to town. We visited this one 8 or 9 years ago and saw a great show.
Jeanne February 02, 2014 at 07:10 PM
I don't know any of the people on this thread, I disagree about any coordination. It's just that a lot pf people feel this way, and feel strongly about it. Janet Ricciardi, your entry was well done!
Debra L. February 02, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Sorry Jeanne but anyone who loves animals would not want to be a lion tamer! Circus lions are kept in a cage. Can you be any crueler than that! Even zoos are trying to create a habitat. All these threads have proven is there are far too many selfish people out there and not enough of us that no better speaking out!
Jeanne February 03, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I agree about the lion tamer part Debra, but the rest of it is well done and thought she had the best post in terms of being an entry. Just my opinion. I would much prefer that this contest were not for a circus that included animals.
Jack Hughes February 03, 2014 at 02:01 PM
We'd be a bunch of clowns!
Tina Glosser Rivera February 04, 2014 at 11:46 AM
my husband and I and our two children would be a family of clowns. We all love to be silly and make people laugh.
Hmmm February 06, 2014 at 09:59 AM
We'd be a bunch of clowns because we love to make each other laugh
Kelsey F February 12, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Was a winner announced?
Lanning Taliaferro (Editor) February 14, 2014 at 05:51 AM
Hi, Kelsey. Four winners were selected by random drawing from entrants on Patch sites in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties and informed that they each won 4 tickets to a performance.


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