• Felix Adler Day Festival - 30th Annual!

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    May 20, 2019
    The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, in downtown Clinton, will present its 30th Annual Felix Adler Day Festival, Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Admissions to the festival and to the Children’s Discovery Center are free. 

    The festival honors the children’s museum’s namesake, Frank B. “Felix” Adler, who was born in Clinton in 1895, became a world famous clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and whose decedents still live here today.  The annual festival is always held in June, to coincide with Felix’s June 17 birthday.

    The Felix Adler Day festival will offer many family-friendly rides and games that can be enjoyed with the purchase of a punch card, including pony rides, Miller's petting zoo, the Sawmill's Heritage Train, a giant game tent with prizes for everyone, balloon art, facepainting and inflatables perfect for various aged children.

    A food booth will be available from the Fulton Kiwanis Club, with all proceeds going to the Discovery Center. Menu items will include delicious Fulton Meat Locker hot dogs, hamburgers, and pork sandwiches, also chips, pop, water, ice pops, and baked goods.

    Felix Adler Day will also feature a full day of free entertainment under the big top on the Showcase Stage.  Entertainment includes: Uncle Sam and the National Anthem to open the festival, the Gateway Area Children’s Choir, the River City Municipal Band, Dance 4 Joy Dancers, clown and comedy shows, and more. Another free attraction will be "Professor Anton" and his amazing water table. 

    The festival is sponsored by 30 generous area businesses including: Sethness Caramel Color, Pizza Ranch, The Insurance Group and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company,  Lumberkings, RHA Service, Bridgeview Community Mental Health, Citizens First Bank, Colony Brands & SC Contact Center, First Gateway Credit Union, First Wealth Financial Group, JT Cullen, Petersen Sanitary Cleaning, Sisters of St. Francis, Virdi Eye Clinic of Iowa, Cornerstone Wellness, Custom-Pak, Employers Service Bureau Inc, James F. Voss Agency/American Family Insurance, KROS AM – FM, MaC94.7 – KCLN, Michael Callan DDS MS PC, Nutrition Plus, Pape Funeral Home, Sterling Federal Bank, WA-TAN-YE, Westgate Orthodontic Group, Windmill Realty, and Women of the Moose Chapter 474.
    The Children’s Discovery Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit children's museum affiliated with the international Association of Children's Museums, and the Iowa Museum Association.  Its mission is to provide a safe and positive environment for families to discover the world by exploring arts, culture, literacy, and science through educational programs and interactive exhibits.

    The organizers of Felix Adler Day Festival say they are grateful to the more than 150 volunteers, business, and private sponsors who have joined together to make this beloved family event possible.

    The Children’s Discovery Center will be closed the day after Felix Adler Day, Sunday, June 16. For more information on the festival or the Children’s Discovery Center, call 563-243-3600, email to info@adlerdiscoverycenter.org., or visit Facebook at  Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center.

    Nikki McGinnis, Marketing Coordinator
    (563) 243-3600