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Joey Joins The Circus

Joey Fatone goes behind the scenes to see how the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey feed over 300 cast and crew members on a daily basis.
Chef Colleen Doyle and her team of cooks are responsible for making delicious and healthy meals to feed the crew. They prepare all the meals in the 'Pie Car' of the Ringling Bros. circus train, which is one and half miles long. Joey helped her make Bulgarian chicken, vegetable medley, braised pork chops with garlic dill sauce and home fries.

Ringling Bros. Circus Train Trivia:

  • The average distance the Ringling Bros. circus train travels between cities is 350 miles.
  • The Ringling Bros. train is more that 1 mile long.
  • The Ringling Bros. train will travel an average of 16,000 miles in one year.
  • The train master walks a minimum of 3 miles per day in taking care of every aspect of the Ringling Bros. train.
  • It takes the Ringling Bros. train recycling team 9000 man-hours to build one train car for The Greatest Show On Earth. The circus train is self-powered by a quiet, sound-attenuating generator custom manufactured for the Ringling Bros. Train.
  • The maximum speed of the train is 60 miles per hour.
  • All of the train's electrical power is supplied by the two generator cars. No other electrical source is used.
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Segment 1
Bulgarian Chicken
Bulgarian Chicken
Chef Colleen Doyle of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey shares her recipe for Bulgarian chicken, which is marinaded in vodka and spices.
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Segment 2
Vegetable Medley
Vegetable Medley
This simple but tasty vegetable side dish is a staple at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus.
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Segment 3
Braised Pork Chops with Garlic Dill Sauce
Braised Pork Chops with Garlic Dill Sauce
This recipe for grilled or sauteed pork chops in a garlic dill cream sauce always has the cast and crew at Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey coming back for more!
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Segment 4
Home Fries
Home Fries
Chef Colleen Doyle of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey shares the trick to making tasty home fries for a large crowd.
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Segment 5
Back Stage at the Circus
Back Stage at the Circus
Before Joey serves the cast and crew of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, he gets an upclose and personal look at the circus.
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Segment 6
Cotton Candy Time
Cotton Candy Time
Some people think all circus people eat is popcorn, peanuts and cotton candy. Joey learns that is not true, but he does learn how to spin the cotton candy that so many circus goers love.
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Photo Gallery
Behind-the-Scenes Photos: At The Circus
Joey Fatone takes a trip to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus.
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