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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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