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Clown plans to roll barrel 2,200 miles

To advertise his videos on personal responsibility, Marvin Nash plans a trek from Ocala to Cody, Wyo.

A man in full rodeo clown garb is hoping to sell his videos on personal responsibility by pushing a 180-pound barrel down an interstate. Marvin Nash says he won't stop until he reaches Wyoming.

Nash, 45, of Lowell donned face paint, oversized pants, a multicolored long-sleeve shirt and a neon-yellow hat as he set off down State Road 40 near Ocala on the 2,200-mile trek to Cody, Wyo.

Nash began prodding the red, padded aluminum barrel Friday morning with a clear route to Birmingham, Ala. His fiancee, Darlene Romani, and her children are following him in a pickup truck. They plan to sleep in the trailer.

Nash plans to push the barrel about 20 miles a day and reach Cody in time for a summer contract at the town's rodeo.

He hopes the stunt will help sell copies of his video _ Sort It Out _ and reach children with a message of personal responsibility.

"Every child needs to learn how to make decisions and say no," Nash said. "You start when you're little bitty learning decisionmaking."

For 15 years, Nash has given free presentations to schoolchildren on courtesy and personal responsibility. He uses his clown attire to deliver a message of support, attention and education.

"A clown is non-threatening," he said. "If you don't feel threatened by me, you'll listen to me."

Romani said she couldn't believe her fiance when he said he wanted to roll his barrel to Wyoming.

"I told him he was crazy," she said, "but you've got to know Marvin _ if he believes in something, he'll do it."

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