How many clowns can you fit in a car? The kids showing the answer are all campers at the Van Lodostov Family Circus-- as in van load of stuff. Camp founder Ted Lawrence named the troupe.
"My job is to provide an environment that kids can come in and learn stuff. That has been great for me. It kept me out of trouble when I was a kid. Nobody called it circus when I was a kid, I was just having fun," Lawrence said.
Eadie Molesworth comes to camp every summer. It's been in the Upper Valley for two decades at three different locations, including here at the Union Arena in Woodstock.
"I like pretty much everything here. I like to unicycle and there are lots of different unicycles to try," said Eadie Molesworth of West Fairlee.
She says she doesn't necessarily want to run away with the circus, though she is interested in performing. However, this young entertainer says the circus is a world unto its own.
"It is so cool how many different things. How it is different. That's the really world but this is circus world and it is like so different," Molesworth said.
But it's not just kids ages 8 and up getting into the act. Adults can take part, too.
"I've done it two years in a row now. I have run away for two weeks to go to the circus, having a great time," said Jon Molesworth, an adult camper.
A place that brings out the kid in everyone.
"I've been a fan of the circus all my life, a juggler, and learned about the Van Lodostov Family Circus and wanted to do it with my kids," Jon Molesworth said. "Yeah, it's been a blast."
After all, who doesn't like clowning around?
Reporter Adam Sullivan: Are you practicing to be a clown?
Kate French/Norwich: Yeah.
Sullivan: Do you like being a clown?
Sullivan: How come?
French: Because you get to joke around.
And as for how many clowns you can fit in a car-- you'll just have to wait until the show to find out.
The big show is this Friday at Union Arena in Woodstock. It's $5 for adults, $3 for kids.
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