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Clowning around at the fair

Pickles the Clown twists balloons into animals and headwear for children Thursday at the Pierce County Fair. (Forum News Service photo by Sarah Young)

ELLSWORTH — Children waited patiently in the gazebo at the Pierce County Fair Thursday for a chance to be coiffed with a whimsical balloon hat, twisted into shape by Pickles the Clown.

Pickles informed a curious lad that her shoe size is 101. His eyes grew big as he said he’d never seen shoes so large. She laughed and said she has them specially made. A curious toddler giggled when asked if she wanted to feed Pickles’ rubber chicken some balloon pieces.

One little girl whispered that she’d like a butterfly hat. Another little boy shrieked when his Vikings balloon helmet was placed on his head. Pickles warned him to be careful with it, especially in Cheese Curd country.

As the line grew longer, Pickles became funnier. In between kids she took a swig of pickle juice from her seemingly ordinary water bottle and asked some daycare kids if they could tell her where to find some pickles, as she was running low.

Pickles the Clown (aka Beth Cedarholm) has been clowning around since 2001. The River Falls resident graduated from Smiles Unlimited Clown Ministry in Indiana. She performs at birthday parties, parades, festivals, schools, weddings and picnics. And fairs, of course.

Earlier this year she placed second in the makeup and costuming category at the World Clown Association annual conference in Reno, Nevada, she said.

Pickles will perform again noon to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at Pierce County Fair in the gazebo. To learn more about this western Wisconsin clown, visit

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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