Rain or sun, the show must go on.

Last weekend's Clown Town still drew crowds — albeit smaller than average crowds — despite soggy conditions in the Park on the corner of Bartlet and Chestnut streets. On Friday night and Saturday, the park was the spot to be for carnival rides, games, face painting, food and other activities. All of the proceeds earned by the private Andona Society are used for youth and educational programs in the community.

While the numbers aren't in just yet, there's no doubt this year was a slow one, said publicity chairwoman Linda Cummings. "But we're shocked as many people came as they did. We still got a decent crowd, which speaks volumes for the community's support of us," she said.

Andona president Paula Colby-Clements estimated that the event raised around $8,000 | a far cry from the $25,000 to $30,000 that Clown Town usually rakes in.

But though the rain showers really never let up, the lack of a significant downpour prevented the event, in its fifth decade, from being a total washout.

"We still consider it successful," Cummings said. "And the kids are oblivious to the weather. They still had a great time."

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