SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – No more clowning around in Seaside Heights this summer.
Clowns from around the country are packing up their squeaky red noses, floppy shoes and funny hats as the show hits the road.READ MORE: THE GREAT ESCAPE: Clever Pup Facilitates Breakout From New Jersey Doggy Day Care
Clownfest started in Asbury Park in 1981 before moving to Seaside Heights in 1987. For the past 25 years, hundreds of clowns descended on the shore town for the annual festival.
Organizers announced that Clownfest will be moving to Lancaster, Pa. this year for financial reasons. Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers said this is a big loss for the community.
“The clown parade that they do and just as important, it’s all the events that they do up to it. The interacting with the community, the face-painting,” Akers told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.