Have you ever wondered what it takes to get a non-standard motorized vehicle ready for clowning?
I had plenty of lessons with our two clown cars we’ve used for the All Star Clown Show and the souped-up golf cart. But this was was my first time dealing with a bath tub.
Yup, a motorized bath tub.
How did this come into my possession?
As much as we wish all things would stay the same, sadly it is not the case. Clown clubs can come and go as interests change, demographics shift, neighborhoods grow older. The Powder Puff Clown Club of St. Paul Minnesota has decided to disband as members have gotten older or moved on to the “Last Walk Around.” I won’t pretend to know their entire history but it was started as a woman’s clown club decades ago. Times changed and men were welcomed. The Powder Puff Clown Club dedicated its time and talent to entertaining the Minneapolis – St. Paul area for decades. We thank you for all the smiles! Sometimes good things come to an end.
While the club may be no more, their kindness carries on! One of the club’s last decisions was to give away some of their prized possessions. I got the call and was blown away by their generosity. I am now the proud owner of a motorized bathtub, bounce bike, clown face to put on the front of my van, and a lovely trailer to haul it all in.
What do I do with it now?
Now — you can only imagine the hilarious conversations I have had in my small town dealing with this unique acquisition.
First I took the tub to the small engine repair place for a tune up. The guys couldn’t resist taking a spin around the parking lot. We needed a rush job so the tub would be ready for the Maple Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade. I would have a picture but the Irish Washer Woman driving the thing flew by so quickly no one could get a good shot!
Then I remembered I probably should have some insurance. Oops! I called my agent and told her I needed to insure my new bath tub. “Why?” she asked. “Because if I run someone over I want to be sure I am insured!” I answered. “WHAT!?” then she started laughing and remembered who she was talking to!!!!
My clown club, The Clown Arounds of Wright County, are so excited for our parade season. At our latest meeting everyone took turns driving the tub. Some alterations were made. Fred Baisch came to the rescue and fitted the tub with a shower head complete with tinsel water spray. The club members are going to get funny bathrobes, big scrub brushes, shower caps, and other bath stuff. We are looking forward to our debut chasing the tub at the Eden Valley parade.
All this fun is because of the generosity of The Powder Puff Clown Club of St. Paul Minnesota. We are so grateful. We will enjoy using the tub for years to come with the club and at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp. It will be proudly displayed in front of my store for the Gearhead Get Together Car Show in Maple Lake the 3rd Saturday in August. Clowns really are the best people on earth!
What is it with clowns and bath tubs?
No one knows the complete history of the motorized bath tub.
The first recorded picture I could find was of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown, Lou Jacobs.
Check out Tony Ballantine’s version as well.
Stay tuned for more pictures of my clown club in action!
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