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Friday, June 29, 2012

Felix Adler Days set for Saturday

 
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In this Herald file photo, Kaleb Carter gets a feel for Felix Adler Days by donning his multi-colored wig.
By Katie Dahlstrom Herald Staff Writer
June 28, 2012
CLINTON — Children, along with their parents and grandparents, can enjoy a day of face-painting, carnival games and pony rides at the Children Discovery Center’s 23rd annual Felix Adler Days.
 The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Discovery Center, 332 Eighth Ave. South.
 While activities cards will cost $5, there is no admission charge.
“That’s one of the great things about this event,” Discovery Center Director Margaret Kuhl said. “Parents and grandparents can come enjoy the day and don’t have to pay to get in.”
The event celebrates Felix Adler, a Clinton native and famous clown from the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus. Felix Adler Days started in 1989, the year Adler was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame.
 In addition to special events such as a petting zoo, inflatables and clowns, the regular Children’s Center exhibitions will be open all day.
 The River City Municipal band will open the event, dancers from the Carousel School of Dance will perform at 10:30 a.m. and interns from the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre will perform at 2:30 p.m.
 According to Kuhl, last year, nearly 1,500 guests attended. In anticipation of a larger crowd, Kuhl said she is still looking for volunteers to staff the event.
“We wouldn’t have the Discovery Center without the volunteers, sponsors, donors, members and guests,” Kuhl said. “This is a celebration of all the people we are grateful to who make the Center.”
Those interested in volunteering or who want more information should contact the Discovery Center at 243-3600.

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