A group of about 40 visually impaired students from Governor Morehead School for the Blind got up close and personal with clowns, animals and some of the performers during a community outreach program the circus provides during its tour.
Antoinette Ray, 14, was applauded by a member of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown troupe as she lifted the big barbell at Raleigh’s PNC Arena on Thursday.
As she dropped the weight to the floor she said, “I won the competition!”
Student Brittany Hernandez got a huge laugh as she had a close encounter with Kelly Ann, one of the circus elephants.
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For about 60 minutes, the children became part of the circus, a branch of which is in Raleigh this weekend.
The Legends Tour has evening shows Thursday and Friday and three shows on both Saturday and Sunday. More details are available here.