PV resident behind Clown Town Healing Fest

Clown Town

Doctors and international humanitarian clowns Carl Hammerschlag of Paradise Valley and Patch Adams (made famous by the Robin Williams portrayal), will host the inaugural Clown Town Healing Fest.

The free inaugural event is to promote preventive healthcare through workshops, guest lectures, clown parades, live music, educational booths and more, according to a press release.

The event is to be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Street in Phoenix. Attendees are invited to join a lively Clown Walk that starts at 9:15 a.m. at the Central Bus Station, on the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Van Buren Street, and ends at the Arizona Center at 10 a.m.

Highlights are to include:

  • Lectures and workshops with internationally-recognized health advocate, Dr. Patch Adams, noted local physician and event organizer Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, Jason Schecterle, a retired Phoenix police officer who was badly burned in a 2001 car crash, and other inspirational speakers and healthcare experts.
  • Family-friendly activities,including clown parades, live music, performances, art, games, demonstrations,educational booths, yoga and other fitness options.
  • Throughout the weekend, guests will have a chance to spend 15 minutes with the “Truth Fairies,” or health care professionals, who will listen intently with an open heart and offer recommendations regarding how to solve health issues (or respond to anything else that comes up). While not a medical clinic, the Truth Fairies encourage people to talk openly about problems and provide suggestions for taking action.
  • Exhibitors will include healers of every description, including doctors, dentists, support group representatives, hospice care workers, yogis, body workers, fitness experts and more.


For many years, in their healthcare experience around the world, Dr. Adams and Dr. Hammerschlag have seen evidence that we heal better in community, the release stated.

They also believe the future of health care is about shifting from the interventional paradigm to one that’s based on prediction and prevention.

To learn more visit VisitClownTownHealingFest.com or call 480-382-0605

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