Community service with a smile wins clowns honor in Zephyrhills
ZEPHYRHILLS - The Zephyrhills City Council chamber was full of clowns Monday evening - literally. A troupe of clowns received a proclamation from Zephyrhills Mayor Danny Burgess. The proclamation declared Aug. 1-7 as "International Clown Week" in Zephyrhills. The proclamation noted that the members of Clowns of America International are volunteers who perform at community service-related fundraising events, hospitals, nursing homes, and parades. The proclamation called "public attention to the charitable activities of Clowns of America International, and the wholesome entertainment they provide citizens throughout America."Clown Week was first proclaimed by President Richard Nixon in 1971. Before leaving center stage, Zephyrhills resident MJ Price, who was dressed as a clown, gave the mayor a parting gift of clown make-up and a rubber nose. Burgess donned the nose to the delight of council members and those in attendance. He had to attach it one-handed because he dislocated his shoulder on a Slip 'n Slide during a family reunion over the weekend. "I learned that I'm not very good at clowning around; I tend to get hurt," Burgess said. "I'm also realizing that even at 27, I'm not as young as I used to be."