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May 2, 2008
Lunch for seven, please -- with watermelons for three
PROVIDENCE -- Rebekah Gudaitis, her two little girls and a friend had lunch in the city today -- with three elephants.
Around 12:30 p.m., at one end of the tunnel dividing the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Westin Hotel, Juliana Gudaitis spoke with awe about watching three circus elephants consume.
"I liked it when they smashed the watermelons," Juliana said, recalling the moment when each elephant stepped on a watermelon laid before it, turning melon to moosh suitable for eating.
"It was awesome," said Alyssa Gudaitis, who had a friend with her.
The Gudaitis family, of Burrillville's Pascoag section, had won a radio station contest to have lunch with elephants, who are in town as part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus.
A crowd gathered as the trio put on the greatest show of lunch-time, if not quite the "greatest show on earth."
(That show -- the circus's familiar trademark -- is in the middle of a five-day run at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sabin Street).
After their appetites were satisfied -- with a police car keeping traffic in check -- the elephants crossed the street and headed away.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney
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