The Prospect Timber Carnival is proud to have Arnold The Clown appearing again this year at the August 16th festivities. Arnold, also known as Steve Bartow of Grants Pass has been performing as a lumberjack clown for over 30 years. If you haven’t seen Bartow perform, it is well worth the $3.00 admission.
Bartow, 56 years old is a crowd favorite. He climbs the spar pole and dances, juggles and balances himself on the top. The Prospect spar pole stands 65′ above ground. He recently has been thinking of retiring his act, but has agreed to attend the timber carnival again this year.
Bartow, is a 1970 Grants Pass High graduate. He has grown up around the logging trade, following his father, himself a logger out in the Oregon woods. Bartow set chokers for a few years before going into the U.S. Navy. After serving in the military, he took a forestry class at Rogue Community College for 2 years and that’s where he starting experiencing the timber sports and the lumberjack clown act. He started by partnering with his brother Clarence in 1976 for about 5 years. A full time employee for 21 years of Copeland Paving, he has traveled all over the world to places such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and of course the United States with his clown act.
Safety is crucial. Underneath his costume is a harness, attached to wires with backups in case something fails. His wife Kathy also plays a role in his act.
The Prospect Jamboree and Timber Carnival is August 16 at Lions Park in Prospect. The Timber Carnival begins at noon. See our website at www.prospectcommunity.org or call Liz Steward for more information at 560-3793.