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13th Annual Red Skelton Festival!

The 13th Annual Red Skelton Festival is this Saturday, July 21st at the Red Skelton Museum. Join us in celebrating the comedy genius that was Red Skelton. Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm.


6pm –

A VIP Meet and Greet Reception with Mrs. Lothian Skelton will be held from 6-7pm in the museum gallery including appetizers, iced tea and lemonade. The tickets can be purchased for $20 here, but hurry because only 60 tickets will be sold!

7pm –

The Red Skelton – America’s Clown Award will be presented to this years winner, Carol Burnett via video acceptance on Friday night at 7pm.

7:15pm –

A family friendly comedy show it to follow with John Pate. Through the years of 1991-1997, Pate performed with Red who called him “The funniest young comedian I know!” this performance is at The Red with $10 admission; $5 for kids 12 and under. You may get tickets for this show here!


10am –

Begin the day off with a Beginner Balloon Twisting Clinic. You can register online for $10 here.

11am –

Be sure to get your seat for one of the funnest parades that Vincennes has to offer! The parade will run down Main Street and finish up at the Red Skelton Museum.

11:45am –

Storyteller, Stephanie Holman, will be presenting “Red Skelton: Good Night and May God Bless.” at the Lab Theater.

12pm –

Enjoy stage performances with the Clowns and Camp Kids directly after.

1pm –

Do you love donuts? Join in on the Donut Eating Contest at the Outdoor Stage.

1:30pm –

Catch John Pate in action again for Remembering Red at the Lab Theater.

2pm –

A crowd favorite, the Bath Tub Race will take place on Red Skelton Boulevard.

3pm –

The day ends with the Clown Band Performance on the Circle at 3pm. The museum will close shortly after, at 5pm.

You may purchase a festival button for $5, which is good for museum entry on Saturday the 21st.

November Happenings

The weather is cooling down and Fall is finally upon us.  Knox County has several events in place for the month of November, the first week in particular.  On Friday the 4th feed your creative side at the First Friday Art Walk on Main Street.  The three downtown galleries have works on display many of which are for sale.  Stay and dine downtown too!  On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th the State Historic Sites will host the Muster on the Wabash at Fort Knox II.  Its a great living history event with re-enactors, demonstrations and skits plus food and merchant vendors.  Saturday is also the Annual VU Auto Club Car Show held on the parking lot of the PE Complex.  The show is open to the public and all types of cars and motorcycles are welcome.  Visit our calendar for details on these events and a complete list of events.

Red Skelton Museum Grand Opening

The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 5:30pm. Vincennes’ favorite son, Red Skelton was born in a home near the new museum and this date was chosen for what would have been his 100th Birthday! The evening includes tours of the museum and a performance beginning with remarks by Lothian Skelton and Red’s close friend, Jamie Farr (former star of television series, M*A*S*H) followed by skits performed by Tom Mullica, Red Skelton impersonator. Tickets are on sale now, prices for the grand opening reception and tours ranging from $30 to $100. The celebration continues on Friday, July 19 featuring free admission for Seniors (over 60 yrs. old) and “Family Day” on Saturday, July 20 with free admission for kids (18 and under) accompanied by a parent. For grand opening tickets and more information contact Anne Pratt at apratt@vinu.edu or 812.888.2105. *The Red Skelton Museum is located at 20 Red Skelton Boulevard, Vincennes.

Festival of Trees

There is still time to get tickets for Saturday night’s Festival of Trees with Silver Bells and Diamonds. The event includes appetizers, desserts, a performance by the Diamonds and the opportunity to bid on beautifully decorated trees. Call 812.888.2105 for tickets.

Chili Please

Come out to the 21st Annual Chili Cook-off this weekend on Patrick Henry Square downtown Vincennes.  The cooking begins at 10am and the public sampling is at 1pm.  Entertainment includes Vincennes University’s bath tub races on Patrick Henry Drive at noon and music by the Speed Bumps at 1pm.  The Clown of Old Vincennes will be entertaining the crowd in the afternoon.  We hope to see you there!

“Red” for Sale

Looking for a unique gift item?  Look no further than 20 Red Skelton Boulevard, Vincennes.  In tribute to Vincennes’ favorite son, The Red Skelton Museum Gift Shop offers prints of Red’s paintings, “Red” logo t-shirts (sizes infant – adult), winter scarves, baseball caps, totes, mugs and “Red’s Jewelry” for sale.  Located next to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, shop hours are Monday – Thursday, 3:00pm – 6:00pm and Friday 1:00pm – 4:30pm, or by appointment by calling 812.888.4184.