Fred Rains Dies

Fred Rains, perhaps best-known to many area residents for his work on “The Children’s Hour” on KYTV, died Friday at the age of 91.

Rains was born in Buffalo in 1918. He worked as a floor director on the nationally syndicated “Ozarks Jubilee” television show and as producer-director for “Five Star Jubilee.”

On “The Children’s Hour,” Rains worked as a puppeteer, creating and providing the voices for several characters such as Skinny McGinnis, Rusty Rooster and Pistol Pete Peterson.

According to, Rains died of natural causes.


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One Comment on “Fred Rains Dies

October 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm

I grew up watching “Children’s Hour” with Skinny McGinnis and Rusty Rooster. Even all these years later it’s inevitable at birthday parties that at the end of the birthday song, someone yells out Rusty Rooster’s famous, “Blow out the caaaandles!” Fred Rains brought a lot of joy to Ozarks children. The world is a little darker without his presence.

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