Stretcho the Clown wants his reputation back

Austin clown stands up for his profession

CEDAR PARK - Stretcho the Clown didn't know what to expect when he got to Elizabeth Milburn Park in Cedar Park Saturday morning. All he knew was that he had to put an end to people being scared of clowns.

Justin Kenlon wore a rainbow-colored suit as he made different animal balloons for children. After a week filled with negative news about his kind, Kenlon and Stretcho had had enough.

He's now on a mission to re-educate the public about real clowns.

"That's why I'm out here. I want to make sure people understand there's a difference," said Kenlon.

He said Stretcho is about being funny, making others laugh and bringing joy.

"Make sure that people still have a positive image of clowns. I think it's important for children and adults to like clowns and to not fear clowns," said Kenlon.

When Kenlon decided to go on a three park tour on Saturday, he didn't know what to expect.

"I wasn't real sure if people were going to come up to me or not. To tell you the truth, I had a lot of people saying ‘oh be careful, I think people are trying to attack scary clowns,’" said Kenlon.

It turned out, Stretcho had nothing to worry about.

"This went over so much better than I thought it would. The kids all seem just to immediately come over. There was no fear, nobody was running away in fear. No threats, which is awesome," said Kenlon.

Parents also thanked Stretcho for doing what he was doing. Shaking the clown's hand and showing their appreciation.

Stretcho hoped to start #RealClownsAreNotScary and get it trending.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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