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Clowning around in Clinton

Discovery Center celebrates its namesake with day of laughs and fun

CLINTON, Iowa – A day full of laughter and entertainment inspired by the “King of Clowns” will give families plenty of reasons to grin and guffaw this weekend, during Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center’s 29th annual Felix Adler Day.

The event runs from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday and celebrates the museum’s namesake, who was a circus performer and entertainer known as the “King of Clowns.” Born in Clinton, he performed for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey for 20 years. He died in 1960 and was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1989.

The event, as well as admission to the children’s museum, will be free, but there will be a fee for some activities. Guests can buy a $5 punch card that has 10, 50-cent punches that children can use for activities, including a pony ride, Miller’s Petting Zoo and the Sawmill Museum’s Heritage Train.

Kids with a punch card can try out their skills at miniature golf, spin-a-wheel, ring toss, and bean bag toss in the giant game tent, and get a prize with every game.

There will also be a showcase stage tent that will host free performances, including Uncle Sam and the national anthem to open the festival, the River City Municipal Band, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre and Dance 4 Joy dance studio.

Professor Anton and his amazing water table and Miss Penny and her native-American games will entertain audiences.

Boy Scout Troop 642 will sell hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, and pork chop sandwiches, and other stands will sell cotton candy, caramel apples and popcorn.

New to this year is the free Make It-Take It tent, where kids can make crafts to take home.


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