State fair clown’s estate up for auction

J.B. Holdren

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – People who love the circus or the Kansas State Fair will have a chance to acquire some special memorabilia this month.

The estate of J.B. Holdren will be put up for auction on May 18. He became a fixture at the fair while working for years as Bardo the Clown, and as an artist.

The auction will include collectibles such as hand-carved carousel horses and circus posters that Holdren accumulated during his 67 years as a circus clown, sign painter and artist.

Holdren also was a wood carver and some of his woodworking tools will be auctioned off.
The fair plans to construct a memorial for Holdren.

The auction will begin at 9 a.m. at the Domestic Arts Building on the state fairgrounds.

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