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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.

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