It was a race to the finish, as elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus challenged each other Wednesday.
The entire community was welcome to watch Patty and Duchess compete, although members from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Ellsworth Air Force Base who attended got free tickets to the show.
Jillian Kaplan, circus publicist, says the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus try to do community events in each city the circus visits to gain exposure to different groups and have some fun.
After the big race, the girls chowed down on some lettuce, apples, bread, bananas, and carrots.
Those who attended wanted to see elephants up close. "I came out to the elephants today because I'm a new mentor, school mentor, for Big Brothers Big Sisters and I'm excited and I wanted to see the elephants," said Sylvia Stoltc.
Although Haylee Sandine had never seen elephants before, she was ready for the 8,000 pound girls. "I thought they were going to be that big. I thought they might even be bigger," said Sandine.
Duchess won the race.