Friday, September 19, 2014 · 3:53 p.m.

Photos: Clowns from the "greatest show on earth" visit Children's Hospital

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Five-year-old Ciarra Hyattie holds still as Dave and Cherie juggle six pins above her head. (Photo: Contributed)

Two clowns from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus toured patient rooms and the play area at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger on Valentine's Day. 

 This is the second year that Dave and Cherie have spread love and cheer on the holiday. 

“We absolutely love seeing Dave and Cherie each year,” Lois Simpson, child life specialist, said in a prepared statement. “They are so incredible with all of our patients. They even brought out a chuckle and smile from some of our older teenagers who are treated here. It really was entertainment for all ages. Their wit and quick interaction is so off the wall, you never know what they are going to say or do next.”

Cherie came up with an addition to the clowns' “goodbye” routine, which she taught to her audience. Along with, “See you later, Alligator,” and many more goodbyes, the patients at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger witnessed the first-ever, “Take care, polar bear.” 

Dave and Cherie have been married for 21 years and share a love of "clowning" around. They were in the circus for five years before becoming Ambassadors of Laughter. They have traveled from state to state for seven years to promote upcoming circuses. 

The circus will be in Chattanooga March 14-17 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga McKenzie Arena. Visit www.ringling.com for more information. 

Seventeen-year-old Nyeemah Eshlibi and 5-year-old Shea Tucker put their arts and crafts skills to work as they make valentines before Dave and Cherie arrive. (Photo: Contributed)
Two-year-old Brooklyn Suggs watches as Cherie blows bubbles and Dave attempts to eat them. (Photo: Contributed)
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Ambassadors of Laughter clowns Dave and Cherie arrived at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Contributed)
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