Doc Doo the Clown, aka Shane Faberman, performs at the Western Fair in London Ontario on Sunday September 11, 2016. Faberman made headlines last year after rescuing two women being accosted by a man in Toronto.
Editors Note: Our buddy Doo Doo The Clown gets some great press in London
Doo Doo the Clown made national headlines after rescuing two women who were being attacked my a man on a Toronto street.
He became a pop culture reference after his memorable role in the cult classic Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison.
But the fame and acclaim haven’t stopped the longtime entertainer, who real name is Shane Farberman, from returning to the Western Fair every year to keep his family’s tradition alive.
Farberman is back at the east-end attraction, where he’s performing his magic and comedy shows, strolling the midway to interact with fairgoers and manning his family’s Candy Land booth.
“I only get to be a carny for thee-and-a-half weeks a year, that’s it,” said Farberman, who only brings his candy business to the Western Fair and the Canadian National Exhibit in Toronto.
For more than 60 years, three generations of the Farberman family have been hocking candy apples, caramel corn, cotton candy and their famous peach juice at the Western Fair.
Farberman’s parents, Shirley and David, both of whom have died, got their start at the fall fair in the late 1940s operating a dart booth. In 1953, they opened their Candy Land Trailer.
Returning to the Western Fair every September feels like coming home, said Farberman, adding customers constantly come by the trailer to share stories about his parents with him.
A father of three who has been clowning professionally for 32 years, Farberman was hailed as a national hero last November after his dashcam captured him rescuing two terrified women who were being attacked by a man in Toronto.
Sporting his clown costume, he was driving with an entourage of fellow clowns when he saw a shoeless man go after the pair. The quick-thinking clown got the women into his vehicle and called police.
Media outlets from around the world, including The Washington Post, picked up the story.
“It’s been a life changer,” Farberman said of the experience.
IF YOU GO
What: 141st Western Fair
Where: Western Fair District with access off Dundas, King, Florence and Rectory streets.
When: Until Sept. 18 (closed Monday and Tuesday for school tours, agricultural programming). Opens weekdays at 3 p.m., 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Buildings close at 10 p.m., but midway continues until crowds thin.
Information: Visit www.westernfairdistrict.com