How to work the Fair & Festival Market with Becky Goodyear

Becky Goodyear Fairs & Festivals

As “Sadie the Balloon Lady”, Becky has been working the Fair & Festival market for $%#@&* years. She knows all the ins and outs of that market. Take a journey with her as she travels from Clown and Balloon Twister to Balloon Show and Fair & Festival professional. Her warm stories of fair life will make you feel like you’re there. If you ever even thought about entering this market, this is the podcast for you!

Show Notes: 

Links to all the RESOURCES Becky mentioned


ENTERTAINERS Referenced in this Podcast


Here’s what’s on this Podcast

  • [1:29] Becky backyard circus
  • [2:30] Moving to California
  • [5:00] From Clowning to the fairgrounds
  • [21:55] Another Show?
  • [42:00] The Bombshell – Is Becky selling?
  • [46:41] Fan Questions
  • [47:00] Conventions
  • [54:00] More fan questions
  • [56:30] Back-of-the-Room Sales
  • [57:30] Routing
  • [59:30] On being part gypsy
  • [1:00:30] How do I book those gigs?

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About the author, John

Creator and host of The Variety Artist podcast. Making a living entertaining since 1998.


  1. Eddy Rice Jr. on 04/30/2018 at 10:44 PM

    She was good. Questions but she is gone now. Seems like lots of prep time, if she does show making huge balloon creations in advance, and giving them away at each show. How does she handle that? And windy days if you are doing an all balloon show without other options, what do you do?

    • John Abrams on 05/29/2018 at 2:38 AM

      I just discovered how to approve this comment. I know I’m late in the game, but I got it now. I’ll forward this question to Becky. Thanks Eddy.

    • Becky Goodyear on 06/03/2018 at 3:23 PM

      Hi Eddy!
      Sorry it has taken me so long to answer. I do not make huge things to give away. My prep time is used inflating and partially twisting so I quickly put the things together on stage. Sometimes given away to my helper for that bit. Another bit involves 3 helpers using frog puppets but because the puppets take longer to make I keep them for each show that day and give them premade baby frogs to keep. (One balloon) and so on…
      All balloons used in the show are kept in those collapsing hampers on stage. If it is windy I have weights in them. If it is quite windy I have tied them to other equipment. In each of my shows the larger balloons are kept to use for all the shows that day unless they need a fix. At the end if the last show I take a few moments to ask questions of the crowd (about what they learned) and correct answers win one of those larger ones. The next day I start out fresh!
      Hope I have answered what you are driving at. PM me if you have more questions. —-Becky

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