Farewell, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

As you may have recently heard, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced its retirement. And it just so happens that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® is coming to Jacksonville’s Veteran Memorial Arena this weekend – January 19 – 22, 2017.

Ringling Bros. Clowns - credit Ringling Feld

image courtesy of Feld Entertainment – Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus

It is a bittersweet weekend for sure, as I’m a native of this great city and the circus has come to town every January for as long as I can remember. I grew up seeing the show and now as a parent, I’ve enjoyed taking my own girls over the years. To bid our final farewell, we are taking my parents to the show with us, so it will be neat to see it again with them too.

I’m looking forward to enjoying the laughs and excitement with my children and making incredible, new memories together.

Meet Kristen Wilson – the First-Ever Female Ringmaster

New to this year’s performances in Jacksonville is Kristen Wilson – the company’s first-ever female ringmaster. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to have lunch with her and the excitement and love she has for this show is very evident. She’s thrilled to bring this show to families. Kristen is brand-new to the circus life, making her grand debut just last weekend in Orlando.

It was fun to hear about her life’s path in making her way to the circus. She’s a Florida State University grad and spent many years working in Orlando before joining Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. The passion that Kristen has for her role as Ringmaster is contagious. It isn’t just a job for her — she’s also a fan. I look forward to seeing how her passion carries over into the live show.

Ringling Bros Ringmaster Kristen Wilson

I’m excited for my girls to see Kristen lead the show — she’s a fantastic role model for little ones and I loved hearing her speak about what an honor it is to take over such an esteemed position with Ringling Bros.

Have Fun at the All-Access Pre-Show Festivities 

In addition to the great show, we’ve always enjoyed taking part in the All Access Pre-show. Arrive an hour before showtime and take part in this free experience included with your ticket purchase.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet performers, try on circus costumes, have fun with the clowns and even try on costumes. Besides getting to meet performers and join in on the excitement, it also makes for some really fun photo opportunities too. Molly loved visiting the clowns last year!

Don’t Miss Seeing Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME 

Thursday, January 19, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 20, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 / 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 / 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 / 5:00 p.m.

Tickets are available on the Ticketmaster web site, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena box office.

Jacksonville Friends, I Hope To See You at the Circus!


** My family and I received tickets to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Thoughts and opinions are my own. **

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