PHOTOS: Lots To See, Do at ‘Gumby Fest’

Lots of Puppets and sets from the television show Gumby were on display in the Hayden Memorial Library at Citrus College and will continue to be featured through October 16. Photo by Aaron Castrejon.

Fans young and old strolled about the Citrus College campus over the weekend during the 2nd Annual Gumby Fest.

Fans were treated to a special Gumby Museum inside the Hayden Memorial Library, curated by Joan Clokey, daughter of Gumby creator Art Clokey. The museum featured puppets and set pieces used during production of the television show, as well as photographs taken of Art Clokey over the years.

Most of Gumby Fest was hosted inside the Haugh Performing Arts Center, with special screenings of Gumby episodes and panels hosted by current animators.

Harry Walton, visual effects master and animator, was one of many special guests at Gumby Fest. During his more than 42-year career, Walton has worked for Industrial Light and Magic, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Clokey Productions, where Walton got his start animating Gumby inside Art Clokey’s Glendora studio in 1968.

Children and adults spent the day with Citrus College ceramics professors creating their own special Gumby clay characters led by Citrus College Ceramics professors. Students learned how to properly make their clay figurines and, once fired, got to paint their creations.