The proud people of Plainview have taken their clowning around very seriously for the past half century and Governor Dave Heineman has taken notice as he has proclaimed Plainview Nebraska's Clown Capital.
The bozo phone rings often around here because for clown lovers, this is the place to be. You'll find a little big of everything in this incredible collection. They have small clowns. They have big clowns. They have musical clowns and they have quiet clowns. You name...they've got it. Clowns made of glass and clowns made of brass.
Mary Hamilton is a tour guide for the museum an she sees visitors from all over the country, "It's amazing the people that come in that will come here especially just to see the museum." And that's because they are continually taking in donated dolls and their clown doll collection continues to grow. Right now, they are at 4,766 dolls.
Lee Warneke is the Plainview Klown Doll Museum CEO, "There are times when people question, 'why go to a clown doll museum?' but the evidence comes out after they've been through here and the notes that they put in the guest register...'awesome,' 'terrific,' 'wow,' stuff like that."
And what Clown town would be complete without their own band? The leader of the 55-year-old band is Wanda Retzlaff. She likes being a part of a town known for it's clowns, "I think it's kind of a unique thing that you know we have all kinds of capitals in this state and some people may not agree with being the clown capital of Nebraska but you know we look around this building and there's all kinds of clowns." And there's a lot to be proud of in Plainview.
The Klown band is gearing up for the Klown festival. The annual event will take place on June 5th and Plainview's good-will ambassadors will be performing in the parade and at the bar-b-que.