Sponsors, Volunteers Welcome to Join the Fun of Premier Gumby Fest, June 14, in Glendora

Glendora, CA – Most everyone smiles when they think of Gumby, the world’s original clayboy and pop-culture icon who starred in more than 230 TV episodes and a movie.

Now Gumby is coming home to Glendora – where the TV series was produced from 1960 to late ‘70s – for the premier Gumby Fest to be held June 14 at the Glendora City Hall and Public Library grounds at the corner of Glendora Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.

Gumby Fest 2014 will feature “Gumby Through the Years” presented by Joe Clokey, son of creator Art Clokey; a Gumby Museum of memorabilia; film screenings; discussions by film stop-motion animators; workshops along with plenty of games; contests and activities for the whole family.

Art and Ruth Clokey founded Clokey Films (later renamed Clokey Productions) when they launched “Gumby” in 1955. The studio moved from Hollywood to a larger facility in Glendora, California in 1960 when they began production on 85 “Gumby” episodes and 65 “Davey and Goliath” episodes.

Clokey’s son Joe and his wife Joan employ top animators, puppet makers and set designers in the industry (many of whom were mentored by Art himself) as they continue all things Gumby with Premavision, Inc., and Prema Toy, Inc.

Festival planning continues and sponsorships are available at several levels, each named after a Gumby character:

  • Gumby’s Pal: $2,500
  • Pokey’s Pal: $1,000
  • Prickle’s Pal: $500
  • Nopey’s Pal: $250
  • Blockheads Pal: $100
  • For details, visit www.gumbyfest.net

Volunteers are also being sought to participate in various areas of involvement.

Gumby Fest is produced by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce, Glendora Community Services, Glendora Library, Glendora Rotary and Glendora Kiwanis.

Sponsors include The Glendora Library Friends Foundation, Southland Properties, NJ Croce, Undercovers, Crazy Dog Ladies and TAS Advertising Specialists.

For more information about Gumby Fest, call Gary Boyer at (626) 914-6999 (gary@southlandproperties.net), Joe Cina at (626) 963-4128 (joe@Glendora-Chamber.org), or visit www.gumbyfest.net.

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