Organizers of Vincennes' Red Skelton Festival shorten event

VINCENNES, Ind. - Organizers of an annual festival toasting the life of comedian Red Skelton have shortened this year's event in Skelton's southwestern Indiana hometown in hopes of attracting bigger crowds.

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy marketing director Anne Pratt tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial organizers of the June 6-7 Red Skelton Festival believe holding all the festivities in just two days and in one place will draw in more people.

The annual festival had previously lasted a week and been held at various locations in Vincennes. Next weekend's festival will be held entirely on Vincennes' Patrick Henry Square.

Skelton died in 1997 at age 84. The comic had a big impact on early television and comedy with characters such as Freddie the Freeloader, on "The Red Skelton Show."

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