Comic unmakeover

By on June 7, 2017
Cinder, the new and improved version, debuts at Applebee's Restaurant at 5 p.m. on June 13

Cinder, the new and improved version, debuts at Applebee’s Restaurant at 5 p.m. on June 13

Cinder the Fire Protection Clown is gone forever.

But his successor may look a bit familiar to those who’ve encountered the popular Pioneer Fire Company mascot at schools, parades and other events.

Cinder, the new and improved version, debuts at Applebee’s Restaurant at 5 p.m. on June 13.

So, what’s the difference between these two clowns played by Ray Foltz?

“No makeup,” he said. “I’m doing it because of the unnecessary clown sightings scaring everybody.”

Cinder will team up at Applebee’s with an Ephrata Police officer, Pioneer firefighter in full gear, and McGruff the Crime Dog played by Woody Long.

“When I did the Ephrata Fair last year with McGruff, I saw parents literally pulling kids away from the clowns because of the scary clown syndrome,” Foltz said. “So we decided to go without the makeup and clown stuff.”

The “uniform” change will resemble an “old-time firefighter,” he said.

The decision to launch at Applebee’s coincides with kids eat free night.

“Applebee’s has been good to the community, good to the fire department, and good to the police department with their presents at Christmas time and things like that,” Cinder said. “I just approached them and they said sure let’s go with it.”

Patrick Burns is social media editor and staff writer for The Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments and can be reached at pburns.eph@lnpnews.com or at 721-4455.

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