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Sterling the Bubblesmith

Photo: Woman laughing in giant soap bubble
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Sterling Johnson began blowing bubbles with his hands more than 50 years ago. He developed his art into an act and has been sharing his love and wonder of bubbles with the public since 1999.

Sterling's performances have taken him throughout the United States, as well as in Dubai, Tokyo, Costa Rica, Mexico City, and the White House. He has appeared on several TV programs, and has provided bubble wrangling for TV commercials and for print ads.

Trained as an engineer and lawyer, he finds great satisfaction in offering the simple pleasures of bubbles for children and adults. "Bubbles are the one thing in my experience that consistently opens the door to people's hearts and imaginations, connecting them to their sense of joy and wonder, and I feel privileged to be present when this is happening."

Sterling the Bubblesmith will be performing on the fairgrounds 11:00 am - 7:00 pm each day of fair.

Sterling the Bubblesmith Website


Coventry & Kaluza

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Jamie Coventry is a harmonica addict and eccentric juggler. Natasha Kaluza is The Super Duper Hula Hooper. Together they are Coventry & Kaluza! Clown school sweethearts and graduates of both the first and second year programs of the Clown Conservatory at the San Francisco Circus Center, they won Best Comedy/Clown Act in the American Circus Festival two years in a row, and best duo in the Picklewater Free Circus Festival two years in a row. Coventry & Kaluza have developed a unique blend of comical characters, music and circus skills, providing uplifting, heartfelt, and dazzling performances. Whether live looping 7 harmonicas while keep several plates spinning, or funk dancing with multiple hula hoops, Coventry & Kaluza never fail to, “bring the needed pizzazz!” (Spectacle Magazine). An unstoppable force in the world of entertainment, Coventry & Kaluza have made audiences laugh in schools, festivals, nightclubs, variety houses, private houses, circus tents, churches, elder care facilities, juvenile hall, on the street, and even in a castle in Scotland! They serve as co-artistic directors of Sweet Can Productions, and produce their annual holiday show Mittens & Mistletoe: A Winter Circus Cabaret. Credits include: Teatro Zinzanni Events, New Pickle Circus, Pickle Circus School Tour, Circus Bella, Flynn Creek Circus, Tandy Beal Co., Circus of Sound, The NY Clown Festival, The Aurillac Festival of France, Velocity Circus and more!

Look for Coventry & Kaluza on the fairgrounds from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm each day of fair. They will perform four times each day on Wednesday and Saturday, and three times per day on Thursday and Friday.

Coventry & Kaluza Website

Mitch Hider - Fair Emcee

Photo: Mitch Hider mugging for the camera
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Mitch Hider, also known as Whistling Mitch, has been performing at the Benton County Fair for more than 40 years! Keep your eyes out for Mitch walking his invisible dog Roscoe or request a special song on his human jukebox. Mitch serves as the emcee for our Senior Day activities and special contests such as Fair Food Eating. Stop by and say "hi"!

Radiance Works

Photo: Stiltwalker Radiance kissing  man in a T-Rex dinosaur costume
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Look up and be sure not to miss our resident stilt walker! Radiance Works brings grace and beauty to the Benton County Fair each year with her amazing stilt walking and gorgeous costumes.

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