Friendliest little town in Illinois...

Trip Start Apr 15, 2013
Trip End Oct 31, 2014

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Next to the school bus barn

Flag of United States  , Illinois
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Let it be known that this town is a genuinely happy town. I don’t think we met a single person today who didn’t smile, greet us, and (in most cases) laugh heartily while hanging out with a couple of circus folk. Even their 4th-6th graders enjoyed and laughed during their clown assembly (most kids their age would’ve scoffed and made fun, but they had a great time). I think the Kelly Miller Circus is going to make Washburn a circus town!

Mark, our sponsor contact (who is also a school principal and a former mayor of Washburn), picked us up and took us to a preschool first thing. There were about ten kids and even though one of them was startled when J.P. walked in and began crying, within minutes, she was sniffling, then laughing along with everyone else. One kid, Seth, was a hoot…he laughed, danced, volunteered, and had the comedic timing of a professional; we asked the teachers if we could have him accompany us the rest of the day!

For the next hour, we walked around downtown and I swear, every last business we went into had the friendliest folks you could hope for. We spent most of our time in the Village Hall, where people were paying their water bills today, and joked around with a woman who works there, Sherry. We kept trying to get people to give their bill payments to J.P., but no one fell for it. ;) I mean, how else are we going to pay the show back for our transmission, people?! Haha…

After that, Mark took us back to his school where J.P. did an assembly for the aforementioned 4th-6th graders. One of the students has partial hearing loss, so J.P. had an interpreter behind him for his show. She did an amazing job keeping up with the clown and when he got to the part where he tells the kids about Lamount, our fire-breather, J.P. stepped back and told the interpreter that he wanted to see how she signed this. If I can upload the video of that moment, I’ll post it here...she was a lot of fun!

Our lunch break was next, which was good because John was exhausted…one more school program at 1:30pm and then we’re off to Kewanee (which we still have to learn how to pronounce). We’re staying at a YMCA tonight and we’ve already been told we can use their facilities while we’re there, so I’m definitely taking advantage of that!
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