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Picnic with elephants

Published 10/19 2012 03:17PM

Updated 10/19 2012 05:49PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Dozens of families had a picnic with elephants Friday for a great cause. The Ringling Brothers Circus is in town. It collected food items for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Everyone who donated, got a free ticket to the circus and met three of its biggest stars.

"I just think it's a wonderful experience for them to get out and see the circus. And since we don't live in Florida or in Wisconsin where they're at, it's a wonderful family event," said Christine Merritt.

Over 200 pounds of food items were collected today. Anyone can donate until the show at 7 pm Friday. Just head to Assembly Hall and hand in your food item. In exchange, you'll get a ticket to the circus at a discounted price.

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