Top, a stage full of clowns of all shapes and sizes dance to a medley of popular tunes at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center on Aug. 16. (Photos/Diane Glidewell) 


The clowns are back in town! For the second straight year, the American Clown Academy is holding its annual week-long session in Monroe County, bringing some of the most talented and sought-after entertainers to Forsyth as instructors plus a plethora of new faces and energy as students. The Academy, which is held at Camp Kaleo, with be in session from Aug. 11-17.

As a showcase for the American Clown Academy, in partnership with Monroe County Fine Arts Center, the clowns will present The Big Top Show, an amazing evening of entertainment for young and old at the FAC, 27 Brooklyn Ave., Forsyth on Thursday, Aug. 15. The show begins at 7 p.m. and will continue its comedy showcase of magic tricks, juggling, spills, thrills and jokes until 8:30 p.m. Expect plenty of audience participation.

There will also be a pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. when children can meet the clowns, get their faces painted and get balloon animals. At least 100 clowns will be participating in the show. 

Mary Persons graduate Lee Andrews, better known to many as Lew-E the Clown, owns and operates the American Clown Academy, which he was able to bring to Monroe County for the first time last year. It is one of the largest clown training facilities in the world. He began his career locally and now performs all over the world. He is now bringing his talents and those of many of his associates back home for the Clown Academy and its Big Top Show. 

Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the Monroe County Fine Arts Outreach Program.