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County Commissioners discuss funding for Maple Lake Library

By Miriam Orr

On Tuesday, July 10, Wright County Commissioners participated in a discussion regarding the donation of funds to the Maple Lake library, in the amount of $10,000.

Commissioner Darek Vetsch commented to fellow Commissioners that for at least a decade, the County has been involved in donating to Maple Lake's library, which is independent from GRRL branches. Every other year, the County looks into donating funds at the request of the organization. Vetsch stated that the fund donation began with Commissioner Swatzke, and that he was glad to continue.

Maple Lake's library is staffed 100% by volunteers, and residents from neighboring areas even enjoy its selection and services directly. Representative of the library, Terry Mooney, commented, "We have Monticello residents, and even people from Rockford that enjoy our services. We are really professional and try to be as current and relevant as we can."

Mooney also shared with the Board with that the library will be relocating to a newer property, as they've outgrown their current building. She stated that they were looking at merging a few properties together for the move, and that they are excited to utilize more room to "be comfortable, and even more patron-friendly."

Commissioners Christine Husom and Charlie Borrell shared that they were impressed with the library's ability to maintain a volunteer-based staff, and that in light of that fact, the library was operating  very efficiently.

Commissioner Mike Potter shared his appreciation of their efforts but stated that the County's current $2 million contract with Great River Regional Library was something to consider as the County discusses investing in private libraries. "It's very difficult for me to say yes to you in Maple Lake, and then no to someone else, all while we have this very expensive contract, that is very lucrative. GRRL has around thirty branches, and we have eight of them in our County, and that says something. As much as I commend you for your work, I don't feel comfortable voting in agreement."

The motion passed 4-1, with Potter voting against.

 

Other items:

Auditor/Treasurer's Office:  Brian Asleson, Chief Deputy Attorney for Wright County, requested that the Board vote to adopt a resolution which would convey a parcel of land to the Westford Meadows Homeowners Association. The parcel is in Rockford Township, and was supposed to have been deeded to the HOA by the developer of Westford Meadows in 2006. The Board approved the resolution.

Also, Matt Detjen requested the approval of a resolution, which would allow for a team from H2Overviewers as viewers for the Redemption of Benefits regarding County Ditch 20. Commissioners discussed with Detjen how the system in Ditch 20 needs updating, so repairs can take place. Commissioners approved the resolution.

Sheriff's Office: The Wright County Sheriff's Office asked for the approval of an updated Emergency Operations Plan, which is currently being reviewed by the Office and outside entity, which is within protocol for the EOP. The process, hopefully, will condense the material covered within the plan, and will eliminate areas that are no longer necessary or valid, while also adding to the plan. The task of upgrading this document is lengthy, and occurs on a four year cycle.

Representatives from the Sheriff's Office stated that the document, while not public record, is always open for discussion should citizens have questions. Because the EOP itself contains private contact information, it cannot be accessed by anyone outside of emergency response or designated individuals, but the Sheriff's Office is more than willing to discuss the plan with residents of the County, should questions exist.

 


Delano Chamber of Commerce to host Sheriff candidate forum, July 30

In advance of the Aug. 14 primary, the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce (DACC) is hosting a candidate town hall-style forum for the five candidates who have filed for the office of sheriff with the Wright County Sheriff's Office. The event is open to the public and will include a brief opening statement from each candidate, prepared questions from the DACC, along with a brief period of time for the audience to ask questions, and then mingling/meeting and greeting to follow. The event will take place Monday, July 30 from 7-9 p.m. at Delano City Hall (234 Second Street North).

The five candidates are Stacy Braun, Sean A. Deringer, Mike Kaczmarek, Drew Scherber, and Chad Torkelson. Current sheriff Joe Hagerty announced his retirement and is not seeking re-election. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 14 primary will advance to the November General Election. All five candidates have confirmed their attendance at this event. For more information, contact the DACC at (763) 972-6756 or go online and e-mail dacc@delanochamber.com.

The DACC will not endorse a candidate following the forum. Also, each candidate was invited to be a "co-host" of this event on their social media pages to help raise awareness for the event. This also does not constitute an endorsement, and this event is sponsored and coordinated solely by the DACC.

 


Crazy Days is closer than you think, slated for July 20 and 21 in Buffalo

The annual Crazy Days event in Buffalo is taking place Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

Many local stores take part in the outdoor bargain-shopping event.  Check out the sidewalks and look over tables full of sale merchandise at crazy prices, which always attract early-bird shoppers. Make sure and look in the July 15th edition of The Drummer for a specific Crazy Days promo.

 


Hanover City Council approves bid for downtown parking lot

By Doug Voerding

At a short meeting on Tuesday, July 3, the Hanover City Council approved the low quote of $51,796 from Burschville Construction for the subgrade, concrete curb and gutter, and storm sewer work on the site of a new downtown parking lot.

The lot at 11234 River Road NE behind the River Inn will have 26 parking spaces and two handicapped spaces and will be owned by the city.

Once the site is prepared, the city will do the asphalt surface, construct the fence on the west side of the property, and complete the landscaping.

Neither a start date nor a completion date has been set.

The Hanover EDA had purchased the property in April, 2017, with the thought of using the two-story house on the lot as a possible rental building for small businesses. When the cost of refurbishing the house was found to be prohibitive, the house was demolished last fall.

 

Other Action

In other action, the council:

•approved a $309,425 pay voucher to GMH Asphalt Corporation for work completed on the 2018 pavement improvement projects.

• appointed Tony Ross to the Hanover EDA for the term of 2018-2023. Ross is the owner of Astro Engineering, a local business in the cityís industrial park.

 


Buffalo's 35th Art and Craft Festival August 18, vendor registration open

Buffalo's 35th Art and Craft Festival is coming August 18th!  Sponsored by the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce, this annual festival is a sure bet to put on your summer calendar.  With over 160 vendors, there is much to take in.  The Chamber has secured several new vendors this year, always keeping it fresh and exciting to be a part of, but they are always looking to grow it bigger and better! 

If you know someone who creates hand-made only items, have them contact the Chamber at 763-682-4902.  Vendors love our show, as the venue on the streets of downtown off Buffalo Lake just can't be beat!  There will be food trucks and yummy treats to be had to top off the day, so mark your calendars now!

 


Highway 55 Buffalo to Rockford closes, detour to end on August 31

Construction on Hwy 55 from Buffalo to Rockford began on July 9, after 7 p.m. It is slated to conclude August 31.

Motorists who travel Highway 55 between Division Street in Buffalo, and Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive Rockford, should plan alternate routes and additional time for travel as the road closed to through traffic after 7 a.m. Monday, July 9.

A signed detour will direct traffic along a 20-mile detour that follows County Road 92/Dogwood Street, County Road 11, County Road 139/County Line Road, Highway 12 and Highway 25. The detour adds 13.5 miles to the trip.

While the road will be closed to through traffic, all businesses and local residences located along Highway 55 will remain accessible throughout the project.

All lanes of Highway 55 between Division Street in Buffalo, and Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive Rockford, will open by Aug. 31.

The closure is part of a major project to reconstruct and improve Highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford in 2018. The project will reconstruct the road between Division Street in Buffalo and Autumn Oaks/Electric Drive in Rockford, resurface between Autumn Oaks Drive and the Crow River bridge in Rockford, replace or repair underground culverts, remove cattle passes, upgrade guardrail, install a new center left-turn lane at Highway 55/Walnut Place, upgrade the Highway 55/Main Street signal and improve sidewalks in Rockford.

When complete, the project will improve the ride along 7.5 miles of Highway 55, and improve drainage, safety and accessibility.

Stay informed about the project: To get the latest information and maps, or to sign up to have important project email updates including advance notice of future traffic changes sent directly to your inbox, you can go online and to the project's website and find more graphics at:  www.mndot.gov/d3/2018/h55

To follow this and other Wright County projects on Twitter, hop online and follow them at: @MnDOTcentral.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, please go online and visit www.511mn.org.

 


Montrose hires Clerk/Treasurer, seeks applicants for City Council 

By Doug Voerding

In an unexpected move, the Montrose City Council on Monday, July 9, hired Deb Boelter permanently as the city clerk/treasurer.

The action came after Montrose Mayor Michelle Otto told the council that the 90-day interim period for Boelter would end on August 14, requiring the council to either hire Boelter or start the hiring process by posting the job by that date.

With Boelter generally not working on Thursdays, the council will keep the position as hourly rather than salaried.

All four councilmembers voted to approve the hiring.

 

Open Council Seat

After the resignation of Councilmember Jill Menard in May, the council had previously decided to leave the seat vacant until the November election.

That decision was contrary to Minnesota state law which requires a vacancy to be filled by council appointment. Since the seat is up for election in November, the city does not have to hold a special election.

The council decided to accept applications for the seat until August 14. Interviews will be at the end of September or early in November.

 

Public Works

Two pumps need to be replaced at the 1st Street North station.

Bids were received from three companies. Minnesota Pump Works bid $24,815 and Electric Pump bid $32,275.

The council awarded the bid to the low bidder Quality Flow Systems, Inc., at $11,864.

Public Works Director Wayne McCormick reported that Quality Flow had built the pump station and had direct pump replacements.

Quality Flow will also rebuild the old pumps, which will then become available as spares.

 

Fire Department

Fire Chief Kevin Triplett reported that the fire department responded to nine calls during June including seven emergency medical, one motor vehicle accident in Franklin Township and one residential fire alarm in Montrose.

The council accepted the resignation of Darin Orr. Orr had served the department for nearly ten years.

 

Open Forum

April Veches approached the council about the maintenance of the regional park.

Said Veches, "Last year you said you would maintain it. Now it is not being maintained, and there is getting to be more gophers, mice, and mosquitoes."

Public Works Director Wayne McCormick said that he wants to let the area dry out and let the grass grow to seed.

 "There are many areas that are thin with grass right now," said McCormick.

Otto asked Veches to meet with McCormick on any problems.

 

Montrose on the Move

Anna Bohanon of Wright County Public Health updated the council on the Montrose on the Move program, part of the State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

Bohanon said that the county has worked with Montrose Elementary with physical education initiatives, Carpentry Contractors Company with work place health, and Little Kid Kare with gardening. The Health Equity Data Analysis has also been completed.

Bohanon asked the council to consider holding a bikeable and walkable community workshop, developing a policy on complete streets, applying for a Safe Routes of School grant, and conducting a stop-for-me campaign to protect pedestrians.

 

Acknowledgements

The council acknowledged:

• Darin Orr who resigned from the fire department after serving nine years and eleven months.

• Paula Thompson for weeding the gardens along Highway 12.

• Pay Ploog for mowing the boulevard in Rock Brook.

 

Other Action

In other action, the council:

• after learning that the council had to follow state law on the appointment of election judges, appointed Greg Youmans as a judge and Bru Ploog as an alternate.

• approved a two-year contract with public works employees. The new contract has a two percent cost-of-living adjustment each year and a two percent salary increase after successful annual evaluations for those who have not reached the maximum of the schedule.

• appointed Mike Scanlon to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

• approved a gambling license for Montrose Lions Club to conduct bingo during Montrose Days, August 17 - 19.

• reviewed and made changes to the 2018 council appointments. The changes came after the resignations of Councilmembers Melissa Gudvangen and Jill Menard and the appointment of Roy Henry to the council.

• learned that the Montrose Days Committee is seeking volunteers from non-profit organizations to help with the bounce houses during the Montrose Days celebration, August 17 -19.

• declined to consider allowing the raising of chickens within the city limits. Otto said the city had recently received some requests

 


Here's what is coming to the Wright County Fair in Howard Lake, July 18-22

By Miriam Orr

Summer in Wright County is in full swing this July, as the heat rolls in, the days are longer, and families are enjoying activities all across the county. Whether it's boating, camping, spending a day at the beach, or going out for ice-cream, Wright County citizens are taking advantage of summer and all it has to offer.

Of all the county's activities, the Wright County Fair is perhaps one of the longest standing traditions for families to enjoy each and every year. Held in Howard Lake for a number of years, the event promises shows, rides, delicious food, competition, and much more each time it comes to town.

The tradition begins this year on Wednesday, July 18 and runs through Sunday, July 22, which is a week earlier than most years. Also new this year is the carnival host, which will be Merriam's Midway Shows, opening at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18. Armbands are $20.00 for unlimited rides. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the carnival opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m., and on Sunday, rides and game sare available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Anyone who purchases an armband will be entered for a chance to win a bicycle! Two bikes will be given away on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with all the drawings beginning at 5 p.m. You must be present to win, and the drawing is held by the Sheriff's Office.

Wednesday's events includes the 4-H Horse Show, which begins at 9 a.m., along with Livestock check-in. At noon, buildings and exhibits open to the public. A live DJ, Chris Vokaty, begins at 6 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m., while at 7 p.m., the Combo Demolition Derby begins at the pit, which opens at 2 p.m. Tickets for this event are $10.00, and reserved seating is available by going online to www.wrightcountyfair.org. Also on the 18th will be the Power Wheels Demo Derby (a 20-entry max) for ages four to nine years old. For information on the Power Wheels Demo Derby, call Gary at 763-350-1911.

Additionally, Wednesday will also host the Lawn Mower Demo Derby, which will take place at the Combo Derby, and advanced registration for this event is preferred. Tickets for this event are also $10.00, and to participate, you must be 16 years or older. A minimum of six entries are required; otherwise, only first place will be awarded a cash prize. For more information, please contact Gary at 763-350-1911, and visit the fair's website for rules and regulations.

On Thursday, the 4-H Horse Show begins promptly at 8 a.m., and buildings open to the public at 10 a.m. The popular Lumberjack Championship will begin at 1 p.m.,with other performances at 4 p.m. and also 7 p.m. The Midway Show rides and games will also open at 1 p.m., and the antique tractor pull and garden tractor pull begins at 5 p.m.. Also at 5 p.m., the armband bike drawing will be held. Bull Riding at the Grandstand will begin at 7 p.m. sharp.

Cash drawings will be held after 9 p.m., and buildings close at 10 p.m.

Friday kicks off with a 4-H Horse Show again at 8 a.m., and buildings open at 10 a.m. 4-H will be welcome to join the open class beef judging at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m. is another Lumberjack show, followed by more performances at 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. Midway opens at 1 p.m., followed by a Kids Coin Scramble at 1:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. is the BMX bike/tractor pull show. The KRWC Road Show begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m., with an armband bike drawing at 5 p.m. as well. The Demo Derby will begin at 7 p.m., with cash drawings after 9 p.m. Pits open for the Demo Derby at 3 p.m., and the Lumberjacks perform again at 4 p.m. The "Wagon Wheelers" will begin performing live music at 4 p.m., and will go until 8 p.m., with another BMX bike and tractor pull show starting at 4 p.m., with another drawing for bikes starting at 5 p.m. Bull riding will begin at 7 p.m. at the Grandstand, with cash drawings beginning at 9 p.m. Again, buildings close at 10 p.m.

By Saturday, Classic Car Show registration begins bright and early at 8 a.m., along with the WSCA Pleasure Show. At 9:30 a.m., the dog demonstration near the Hoop Building begins, followed by the classic car and truck show at 10 a.m., which runs until 4 p.m.

The Military Day Program begins at 11 a.m., along with wool judging, and the BMX/tractor pull show. The Pinewood Derby Car and Tractor Races begin at noon and go until 1 p.m., as does the Ukulele Club of Wright County, which ends at 2 p.m. Midway opens at 1 p.m., along with a Lumberjack Champion performance (other performances begin at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.), and Muttin' Bustin'. Ultimate Trucks Mud Racing will take off at 2p.m., followed by the BMX bike/tractor pull at 3 p.m. The Diaper Derby, in front of the Old School House, also begins at 3 p.m.

The armband bike drawing will start at 5p.m., with the 4-H Livestock Auction starting at 6:30 p.m. At 7p.m. the Demo Derby begins, as do tribute bands Def Leggend (Def Leppard) and Zed Leppelin (Led Zeppelin), which run until 11 p.m. Cash drawings begin after 9 p.m.

To conclude the fairs schedule, the WSCA Game Show kicks off at 8 a.m., and a church service at the free stage hold service at 10 a.m. on Sunday. A motorcycle show begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 3p.m. Buildings open to the public at noon on Sunday.

Also at noon is a lumberjack performance, as well as a tractor and truck pull at the Grandstand. At the free stage will be the Wright County Clowns, starting at 1p.m., with Midway opening at 1 p.m. and running until 7 p.m. The Fairest of the Fair Farewell, at the free stage, will begin at 3 p.m.

At 5p.m., the armband bike drawing will take place, as well as the Wright County Karaoke Contest, which runs until 9 p.m. Exhibits are released at 7p.m., and cash drawings begin after 8 p.m. Buildings will promptly close at 10 p.m.

For more information on a full fair schedule, visit www.wrightcountyfair.org/fair-schedule/ and be sure to look for online ticket purchasing, which is a new feature this year!

 


July 4 Lake Pulaski Boat and Ski Parade successful

Despite overcast skies and the promise of storms, Independence Day on Lake Pulaski was a colorful success! Waterskiers and boaters gathered to watch the annual Boat and Ski Parade, as residents presented their finest artistic and athletic efforts. Pictured above is Second-Place winner, "Sharknado," celebrating the holiday with colored plumes of smoke. See inside this week's issue of the Wright County Journal-Press for the First Place winner in the boat and ski competitions, as well as photos of other competitors.  (Photo by Miriam Orr)

 

 

 


Concerts in Sturges Park, July 12

More Concerts in the Park are on the horizon!

Concerts will still be playing at Sturges Park, beginning at 7:00 p.m., every Thursday evening until August 30.

The events run from June to August, featuring a number of musical concerts and bands, sponsored by local businesses in their performances for the community. It promises to be a good time, with family-friendly music, and all the concerts are free of charge for anyone who wants to join in on the fun.

On July 12, make sure you tune into "Leadfoot Larry," who will play a variety of country music at Sturges Park. Then, keep an eye out on July 19 for "Church of Cash," who will pay tribute to Johnny Cash for your enjoyment!

Anyone wanting to make a donation to the event, and others like it in the community, please contact the Buffalo Parks Department at 763-682-4132.

 

 


Learning the art of clowning around

Do you remember the last time you were at the circus? Do you remember the large, billowing tent done up in lights, with the distant bustle of a promising show rustling around behind the curtains? Or maybe you remember the flying trapeze artists or the lion tamers, or even the massive elephants. For many, the ringmaster in his dazzling sequins with an impressive control of the room around him steals the show.

But then, smiles are wide and laughter is rich when the small, almost awkward looking car comes out. The doors pop open, and out come the men and women in the patchwork clothing of every color with every kind of design you could imagine, one after another, until you begin to think it's all a dream. And finally, when the car is totally empty, the fun begins.

These are the clowns. It truly wouldn't be a circus without them, would it?

 

Miss Moose

It was "many years ago" that Tricia Manuel remembers the first time she put on her clown makeup – whiteface, big lips, bright expression and all. She was 18 years old when she had her first experience with clowning, and she said it would, from that moment on, change her life.

"I put my clown makeup on, and I knew I was going to be a clown for the rest of my life," Tricia shared, sitting in her office, which is filled with a myriad of clown paraphernalia, photographs, and is in a shade of yellow as bright as the chicken-shaped ukulele sitting in the corner. 

Above her on the wall is an extraordinary painting of a clown, from the chest up, posed delicately. Her face is a pure and wholesome white, with fiery red hair, and an elaborate-collared shirt with full sleeves of bright colors. Her head is slightly titled to the side, and she's looking pleasantly ahead, a soft smile on her face. Tricia comments that the picture is of her, as her clown character, when she worked for the Ringling Bros.

"I was in clown school for a little while and the circus offered me a contract," Tricia explained. She would be with the show for three years, performing with around twenty other clowns.

The circus wasn't Tricia's first run as a clown, however. She remembers, around 1980, that she was at the Annandale Fourth of July parade, and she decided immediately that being a clown was what she wanted to do. Then, in 1982, she was offered a contract with the circus, and so began her three-year stint with the Ringling Bros.

"It was the whole nine yards," Tricia shared with a laugh. "We traveled the country, and I lived on the train, the whole gambit like they show in movies. It was great, and also a lot of work, but the experience…the experience made me who I am."

While in the circus, Tricia did everything for her clown character on her own. She was responsible for her makeup, props, and costume. She commented that this character's identity was very elaborate, and that when she had conceived her at 18 years old, she had decided that she wanted the character to be a beautiful clown.

"I got it in my mind that she needed to be pretty," Tricia said. "I was a victim of bullying as a kid, and I never felt beautiful, so I wanted my clown-self to be that expression of me. It was really important to me then. You see, your clown-identiy is really supposed to be a true extension of yourself – your true self and who you are when the baggage of life is gone and who you are when you're happiest. For me then, it was my expression of beauty and made me feel pretty, and everyone told me that I was a beautiful clown."

After a good run with the circus, Tricia decided then that she wanted to help other clowns, and really reach the clowning community by providing costume help, makeup, and designs – as well as the opportunity to learn from a professional. She said that after "bouncing around" for a bit, she opened "Pricilla Mooseburger Originals" and "The Costume Shoppe" in Maple Lake, where it really all began for her.

"I have the opportunity to talk to clowns every day." Tricia commented. "I get to help them with their problems, people from all over the world – people come in here, and I just sit them down and really sometimes just show them what they need help with. That's what I'm passionate about, seeing that 'Aha!' moment for other clowns when they finally get it, and when they discover that, they realize that they'll do this for the rest of their lives."

 

Clown Camp

All this boils down to the opportunity Tricia had to open her own "clown school," which is known to the area as MooseCamp. After spending some time  teaching other clowns and working to problem-solve with her fellowmen, Tricia had decided that she wanted to teach the art of clowning to others in a way that would prepare them for their career, a way that she felt confident doing so.

"It's really a process. There's a lot to talk about and a lot to communicate about this business," Tricia started. "The camp goes from Tuesday to Sunday, and we set up courses to really tackle the career of clowning. People decide what avenue they want to go down, and we sort of break into small grounds and work at it. The newer clowns we'll teach makeup, how to design a character, how to develop it, and putting together a costume. Those who come that may struggle, we work on technique, opportunities, and skillsets. It's the greatest thing in the world, to see clowns come together in mutual love of a career."

The camp, according to Tricia, is designed for beginners, intermediate, and veteran clowns. It provides an opportunity for like-minded individuals to discuss the art of clowning, as well as opportunities to expand their communities, serve, or even make a living. Though, Tricia shared that a large majority of "her clown" graduates are volunteers, and do book reads, nursing home and hospital visits, or parades.

This is due to the fact that entertainment has changed, Tricia hinted. Parents don't take their children to the circus much anymore, and entertainment is very television, phone, and computer -based in the modern world, and also that clowns have been very stigmatized to be scary. That grieves Tricia the most.

"The actions of one franchise set the bar for the entire art," she commented. "After the one movie came out with a scary clown, that was it – the industry changed for us, and now we fight an uphill battle. People are very wrongly afraid of clowns, and that's something we've had to deal with and pull through, which we've been doing."

This concern for the industry has prompted Tricia to plan a new course for camp, which will be called the Clown Summit, where she hopes that leaders of clown organizations would come together to be able to discuss leadership in the industry, how to preserve the art of clowning, and how to prepare the next generations. This won't be implemented until 2019, as right now Tricia is in just the beginning-survey stages of "testing the waters" for the interest of the Summit.

"The Camp is about communicating the art of clowning in a positive way to people, and giving those who want to do this the platform, skills, and environment to do so. It is such a great time for not only the students, but also us instructors – we get to go through all those fun moments that we first discovered all over again, every time. With the right information, people can be amazing in this field of art, and I want to be able to provide the information to those questions struggling men and women clowns might have."

Tricia stated that men and women from across the nation – and even internationally – have come to MooseCamp for her class. At the end of it all, clowns specializing in volunteer work go to Park View Care Center and put on a show and practice room-to-room visits, and everyone performs at the Buffalo Civic Center for a show that Tricia adheres to the likes of the circus.

"It's the whole nine yards," she said with a smile. "Lights, sounds effects, music, props – we don't skimp. It's free and a good time for families. We decided right out of the gate that the show had to be free, because this is about serving people, and putting a positive image out there for the public."

What's more, Tricia is planning a performance for the community at the Wright County Fair on Saturday, July 28, at 1 p.m.

"Clowns have never had to work harder in this business than we do now," Tricia explained. "But, that's ok – when you find people who are dedicated to this art, and who's hearts are invested, it is a beautiful thing, and totally worth all the work and expensive. This is about promoting a positive image."

The mission's statement of Tricia's upcoming Clown Summit is simple: "Real clowns: are friendly people in make-up and costume, donate time and resources to charity events, visit nursing homes and hospitals, make people smile and laugh, brightening a weary world, and are your friends and family." The same statement states what clowns are not: someone in scary masks or make-up, someone who wants to frighten or harm you, and someone who disrespects your boundaries. And the bottom of her statement, added in italics is, "…those people are misguided creeps. They scare us, too!"

For more information, you can go online and check out Tricia's website: www.mooseburger.com/moosecamp.

 


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