"" Writer's Wanderings: Hometown Festivals -- Red Skelton

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hometown Festivals -- Red Skelton

When we were out in Vegas and took in the Red Skelton Tribute Show starring Brian Hoffman, he mentioned that Skelton's hometown was in Indiana and that there was a festival each year honoring him. I decided to look into it further.

The town is Vincennes, Indiana, about 2 1/2 hours southwest of Indianapolis. Even if you can't get there for the festival which is held in June (2012 dates are June 5-10), there is lots more to see involving Red Skelton. His birthplace home has been purchased and is being restored and there is a performing arts center and museum to which Mrs. Skelton has donated quite a few of his personal items.

Apparently, there is also a clown school that runs during the same time as the festival and then there's The Parade of a Thousand Clowns. Here's a video of the parade. Looks like a lot of fun!

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