Meet J.P. Patches downtown tonight

November 7, 2008

By Jim Feehan

NEW — 11:42 a.m. November 7, 2008

Famed clown J.P. Patches will make an in-store appearance tonight at Front Street Market.

He’ll appear and sign autographs from 5-6 p.m. as part of an event celebrating the remodeling of the grocery store, said Lori Steendahl, store manager.

“Everybody loves J.P. Patches,” she said. “That’s a great way to tell if someone is from here, if they remember J.P. Patches.”

Patches is a clown portrayed by Seattle entertainer Chris Wedes.  From 1958-1981, “The J.P. Patches Show” appeared on KIRO-TV. At the time, it was the longest-running locally produced children’s television program in the U.S.

Wedes’ daughter lives in Issaquah and shops at Front Street Market, Steendahl said.

“I thought he’d be great to have at a store celebration,” she said. “We’re just excited that he’s coming here.”  

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