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Circus Magic!

Gas South recently hosted the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association Night at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus at Philips Arena and Gwinnett Center. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to cover the event again this year, especially the Magical Journey pre-show where the children get to interact with the animals and performers right on the arena floor. This marked the sixth year Gas South has hosted this wonderful event that is dedicated to families with special needs. Thanks to them and their community partners, admission for the families is free.

The joy and excitement the kids displayed at the circus made for pure magic. Nine-year-old Vy had the chance to hang out with clown Andrew Hicks in the center ring, all while an aerial performer hung high above.

He wasn’t the only one enthralled by the aerialists. Getting better than front row seats, Jack watches as his son, Dylan, is glued to the ariel performance on the main circus floor at Philips Arena.

Abby was thrilled to join the clowns and performers on the dance floor during the pre-show event.

Six-year-old Natalie was all smiles as she watched the lions and dug into her chocolate covered ice cream. Okiki found just as much to smile about as clowns juggled and aerial performers entertained in the center ring.

Along with the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association, Gas South worked with community partners like the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment to take these special families to the circus and to ensure that they had the support to fully enjoy it. Sign language interpreters were on hand throughout the event, and the pre-show was loaded with tactile and sound experiences for visually impaired kids. The seating was configured to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices. This was all provided at no charge to the families.

Many thanks to Caitlin Crowley at FleishmanHillard for allowing us to be part of this event!

A Magical Journey to the Big Top

It was a special night at the circus for special needs kids. Gas South teamed up with local mayors, government officials and Feld Entertainment–producer of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circusto provide free admission and a unique, kid-centered pre-show.

The fun began with a Magical Journey, a private pre-show designed just for the kids, with hands-on activities and the lights and sounds of the circus, plus sign language interpreters and wheelchair accessibility.

The kids and their families got to spend one-on-one time with Ringling Bros. circus clowns, jugglers and other amazing performers. The wardrobe station gave the kids a real feel for what it’s like to don a clown costume, nose and all.

For the animal lovers in the crowd, the amazing performers didn’t disappoint. This show had it all: Beautiful horses in the ring, a fabulous tiger and some very playful elephants.

The elephant’s game of choice was kick ball; to the kids’ delight, the ball quickly soared into the the crowd! 

If they hadn’t already stolen the show, the elephants were determined to make a lasting impression with artistry. One elephant-turned-Picasso grabbed a brush and began painting a real picture! I can’t imagine that anyone in that audience–including me–will ever see elephants the same again. Amazing!

The AEP team and I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Gas South for including us, and to their community partners–the Metropolitan Atlanta Mayors Association, the Georgia Municipal Association and Feld Entertainment–for creating such a magical experience for the kids.