Illinois State Fair Museum creates clown band exhibit

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fair Museum has put together a new exhibit in honor of a musical clown and his band.

The State Journal-Register reports Gene Trimble played for five decades at the Illinois State Fair with his clown band. He died at age 91 in April.

Trimble’s family has donated some of his memorabilia to the Illinois State Fair Museum, including clown outfits, a tuba and a drum that were used in the band.

Gene Trimble was a farmer who lived near the eastern Illinois town Newman. His clown band played music genres including jazz and polka. Trimble also played with his dance orchestra at the state fair and played taps at military funerals.