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Clowning Project

Learn the history of classic American clown characters, and the basic skills and tools for clowning. As you do, you'll put together a clown kit of props, wigs, makeup, and scripts. Then it's show time!


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Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In

Minnesota 4-H Arts-In is an eight-day intensive arts experience, as they prepare a musical to perform during the Minnesota State Fair. Youth gain experiences in performing arts, including singing, dancing, acting, instrumental accompaniment, costume design, set construction and technical work. Each year, 4-H State Arts-In youth perform at least 40 shows to 12,000 audience members in the 4-H building on the fairgrounds.

Participants continue to work on goals while putting on several daily performances, and play leadership roles for 4-H members and act as representatives for 4-H Building visitors. More info.

4-H Share the Fun State Fair Showcase

Youth from counties prepare and perform a play, dance, musical, or other act. Each county nominates one group to perform at the State Fair. More info.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion. More info.

Clowning Project resources

Beginning to learn about clowning:

Some experience with this project:

Looking for a challenge:

Project leader resources

Other online resources

The organizations listed here may provide more information in this project area. The following information is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names does not imply endorsement by MinnesotaExtension or bias against those not mentioned.

Clowning Organizations:

Clowns of America International Inc.
PO Box 1171
Englewood FL 34295-1171
Phone: 1-877-816-6941 or 1-941-474-4351

World Clown Association
CHD Management LLC (business manager)
PO Box 12215
Merrillville IN 46411
Phone: 1-800-336-7922 or 1-219-487-5317

Clowning Supplies:

2136 Plainfield Ave, NE
Grand Rapids MI 49505

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