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June 5, 2014

Red Skelton fest in Vincennes June 6, 7

The city of Vincennes will “Paint the town Red” June 6 and 7 during the Red Skelton Festival that will feature a variety of activities for young and old. The annual festival honors Vincennes native Red Skelton, America’s most beloved clown.

Except where noted, all events will take place downtown on Patrick Henry Square.  Admission is free except for the comedy show on Saturday evening.

The Festival will kick off on June 6 with a carnival and festival, 5 to 9 p.m. EDT, offering rides, food, fun, and craft vendors.

Live entertainment will be featured throughout the evening on the Red Skelton Festival Stage: 5 p.m., No Limits Dance and Cheer Firebirds; 6 p.m., Brad Zinn, sneak preview of Saturday’s Comedy Show; 7 p.m., Cross Creek Band; and 8 p.m., Big D, local guitar legend Daniel Phillips.

On Saturday the carnival and festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at 11 a.m. the Red Skelton Parade will commence, ending at Patrick Henry Square.

At noon will be the traditional Bathtub Races. Live entertainment on the Red Skelton Festival Stage will feature: noon, Tropical Sunrise Steel Drum Band; 1 p.m., professional storytelling by Stephanie Holman: “Good Night and May God Bless - Red Skelton”; 2 , Donut Eating Contest, Bathtub Race Finals, and Red Skelton Character Look-Alike Contest.

A Red Skelton Film Festival will take place at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on the Vincennes University campus. Showings will be at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

The highlight of the Red Skelton Festival will be a 7 p.m. comedy show at the Skelton Center featuring Brad Zinn in “The Great Comedians: Those Felt Hat and Big Cigar Funny Men.”  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 812-888-4184.

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