Clowns strut their stuff in Q-C

Posted Online: Oct. 06, 2012, 6:36 pm
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Clowns from across the Midwest marched through the hallways of the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Davenport Saturday morning, competing for awards on their 'paradeability.'

It was part of the Midwest Clown Associationís 39th Annual Midwest Roundup, which is taking place through Sunday at the Clarion. The Quad City Clown Troupe is this yearís host organization.

The more than 100 clowns attending the roundup include full-time pros, folks who clown part time, clowns who do nothing but charity work, seasoned veterans, brand-new clowns, and those who clown for the sheer pleasure of putting smiles on people's faces.

The roundup included classes on character development, balancing, balloon sculptures, make-up, magic tricks, juggling, stickers, rubber chickens, clown ministry, face painting, history, sign language, and birthday parties.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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