(Seaside Height, N.J.) The annual clown convention that's called New Jersey home for nearly a quarter of a century is bringing its red noses, floppy shoes and baggy pants to Lancaster County.
Finances have forced Clownfest to move from Seaside Heights to Lancaster, during the third weekend in September.
Organizer Vincent "Vappo the Clown" Pagliano says people are "pinging" him in the head. But, he adds the move dramatically cuts expenses.
Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers says Clownfest was second to the Columbus Day Parade in terms of drawing crowds up to 10,000 people.
Pagliano says he decided to make the move before Superstorm Sandy damaged Seaside's boardwalk.
The clowns plan to play baseball in Lancaster instead of holding a parade.
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