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Connellsville Lions making plans for Kid's Fest

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Mark Hofmann | Daily Courier
Howard Mincone of Pittsburgh juggles pins inches in front of the audience at the 2012 Fayette County Fair.

Connellsville Lions Club and Bud Murphy's Restaurant will present Kid's Fest from 5-9 p.m. June 10 at Rock Starz Family Party Center.

This yearly event is held as a benefit for the blind, which is an ongoing cause for the Lions Club.

In addition to many of the regular highlights of Kid's Fest a new entertainer will perform. Howard Mincone is a professional juggler who engages onlookers in his act. His high-energy show keeps children and adults in awe of his dexterity and wit. Humor is a part of his act.

“My act is a combination of physical comedy and juggling. I was very much influenced by the Marx Brothers. I'm a huge fan of John Ritter and Jim Carrey as well. I am the most blessed guy in the world to be able to do this for a living. Every day I wake up and thank God, this is just so much fun. The most unusual thing I've ever juggled were flaming frying pans. They were the wildest, craziest and most bazaar in my career, it was for a TV commercial,” said Mincone.

Area residents will remember Mincone from his 2012 appearances at the Fayette County Fair and the Italian Heritage Festival. He will appear from 6-8 p.m. at Kid's Fest and children and adults are all invited to enjoy this free act. The show includes audience interaction.

Mincone also works as a corporate trainer where he teaches juggling for stress reduction and team building.

“What do managers do everyday? They juggle. Mothers too, can use this skill in their life. Juggling helps control focus and management of multiple tasks. One manager recently complimented me for bringing back the magic to a room full of stressed out adults, they felt like children having fun,” said Mincone.

For more information visit Mincone's website at www.HowardMincone.com.

Kid's Fest is a free event for the community. Donations for the blind are accepted. The evening will again include the University of Pittsburgh Mobile Science Unit. This year the theme is Living With Bugs. Other activities will be games, face painting, a fortune teller and more. Kid's Karaoke participants can win one of three scholarships to Geyer PAC this summer. Bud Murphy's pizza and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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