Dan Rice was one of the most famous circus clowns of the 19th century. He was said to be the model for Uncle Sam, and his name lives on in Girard.
Dan Rice came to Girard in the 1850's as the owner of a circus, looking for a place to winter his animals.
Rice was resonsible for the Civil War statue that stands in the middle of Main Street, which is the street the festival is held. In fact, Main Street in Girard is expected to be packed this weekend for the 52nd annual Dan Rice Days.
An average of 3,000 people a day will come to Dan Rice Days, and that is good news for those who hope to raise money for their organizations.
Rob Stubenbort, Girard Borough Manager, says it is, "a good chance to celebrate our community and welcome others to come and see what we have going on."
One of the non-profits is the Girard soccer boosters, they have a "unique" event every year. It's called, 'Cow Pie Bingo' and it takes place on the Girard Football Field. Bruce Bryan, of the Girard soccer boosters, tells us that in the "afternoon, a cow will come in, enter that grid and plop on a square. It has to be a well-fed cow, yes it does..."
Dan Rice days begins tonight at six with a rededication of the cannons that are placed near the Civil War statue.
For a complete list of events, click here.
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