Posted Online: Oct. 06, 2012, 6:36 pm

Clowns strut their stuff in Q-C

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Harry McCullagh, of Chicago, as Max, plays his clown routine asking people if they want a flower, only to give them a hand full of flour instead. The 80-year-old clown was competing in the Paradeability competition at the Midwest Clown Association Roundup at the Clarion in Davenport on Saturday.
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Sara Kreutz, of Holstein, Iowa, as 'Special K,' plays her multi-musical instrument before the judges in the Paradeability competition at the Midwest Clown Association Roundup at the Clarion in Davenport on Saturday morning, Oct 6, 2012.
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Stephanie Chen, of Mount Prospect, Ill., as 'Melody,' practices her routine with a butterfly before competing in the Paradeability competition at the Midwest Clown Association Roundup at the Clarion in Davenport on Saturday morning, Oct 6, 2012.

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.