CAPTION: 'The Evil Clown' of Wikipedia is believed to be named "Calico," and has been a symbol of Food Circus Super Markets since the mid-1950s. Originally promoting a food store along Route 35 in Middletown, the building today houses a Spirits Unlimited Liquor Store, though the clown continues to be a symbol for Super Foodtown Food Circus Super Markets, based in Middletown.
According to Wikipedia, there was a movement on to demolish the Food Circus Clown (rumored to be named "Calico" and not the "Evil Clown") "recently." Since the sign, an area icon and the symbol for Super Foodtown Food Circus Super Markets, had become a lasting part of area lore for almost six decades, the motivation was never expressed to destroy the clown, to my knowlege.
As a matter of fact, working for a newspaper that is in extremely close proximity to Food Circus Super Markets (the same parking lot) for the past 10 years, I have never heard of any movement, sentiment, rumor or even notion that the clown should, in any way, be demolished, torn down or otherwise 'put to sleep.' It's not the kind of thing that would have been a secret.
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