The 2020 Clown Of The Year Award is presented to the Electric City Clown Alley member that truly exemplifies, in both attitude and behavior, the spirit and ideals of clowning, and is an inspirational leader within the alley as well as in the clown arts community at large. The recipient is Barbara Field. August 2019. “She is very versatile and talented. She's great at face painting, balloon twisting and magic show. She contributed to the success of my son's birthday party. I recommend her highly.” - HarshThis customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value, and punctuality
October 2018. “All three [of our] kids could not stop talking about your visit to school today. They absolutely loved it and were so excited to share about it. Thank you so much! What a blessing!” - Dwayne
September 2018 “For those of you who don’t know - Barb is an AMAZING clown and mime minister with a incredible heart for sharing the love of God! Her classes at FCP (Fellowship of Christ Puppeteers National Conference) were also loads of fun!” - Gabriel
August 2018 “Thank you BJ for bringing so much fun to New Old Franklin Day! The amount of folks commenting on the face painting, and how detailed and beautiful it looked was amazing! We hope to have you again next year :) - Hanna
June 2018 “Fantastic face painting! We had a scouting event and girls as well as moms all got their faces painted! All the designs were well done and the kids loved her (she was very funny). There was no “set book” of available designs like so many others. She told the kids to come up with whatever they could think of and she painted it beautifully. The painting was also very quick so the kids didn’t have to wait long for their turn. Highly recommend BJ and Company!!” - Colleen
May 2018 "Hi Barb, Thank you very much for coming to our Family Fun night yesterday. We really appreciate your professionalism... Everyone I've spoken to today said what a great time they had. I lost track of how many balloon creations went past the Book Fair door. This time of year there are so many after school activities, particularly sports, so we were very happy with how many families attended." -Emma
August 2017 "Thank you so much for bringing so much fun and energy to New Old Franklin Day! And for my special (face paint) design . We have next year's date and would love it if you would be able to come back! It will be August 25, 2018. Thank you again!" -Hanna
December 2016 "BJ was on time, engaging with the children and adults at the event. She did an excellent job and I would hire her again." - Michelle
December 2016 "I hired BJ and Company for our firehouse's kids Christmas party. BJ did an excellent job making balloon figures for 40 children. The balloons were all different and the kids really enjoyed them. She also kept the kids amused while she made the balloon figures. Both adults and kids agreed that this was one of our best parties." -Linda
October 2016 "What a wonderful addition to our event! Everyone, not just the children, was so impressed with the fabulous balloon creations. We plan to add this to our banquet again next year." -Rosalie
October 2016 "Thank you for fitting us in to your schedule. The kids and adults enjoyed your face painting, balloons , wit and cheer. My daughter had so much fun! The octopus was a big hit. Till next time. Take care and God bless. -Catherine
October 2016 "We all had a blast!! BJ the clown was a great addition to our event :). Would love to have you back next year." -Crystal
August 2016 "The ECCA (Electric City Clown Alley) Founder's Award was instituted several years ago to give special recognition to that one clown who inspires us all as he or she goes about doing what they do and clowns from the heart while doing so. The award is called the "Hart Award" in honor of Bill Hart, the founder of the Electric City Clown Alley. This year's honoree is Barb Field. An entertainer, a clown arts instructor, a ministry clown, as well as a hospital clown Barb keeps very busy and inspires us all. We thank Barb for all she does."
June 2016 "My son's 1st birthday was a huge hit thanks to Bj the clown! I would highly recommend her for any event." -Angie
March 2016 "Dr. Merry Heart came to my room while I was at Sunnyview Hospital as a patient. She was wonderful! I still wear the smile ring she gave me. Keep up the good work." - Mrs. L.
October 2015 "Barb did a great job. She did everything that was asked of her and more. A real professional in every way! I will not hesitate to call her in the future! Thanks Again!" -John
September 2014 "It was such a pleasure to have such a gracious and happy clown as Dr. Merry Heart entertain you and have you forget your illness. She is such a delightful and thoughtful person. I am a lawyer and have come across many people in my 60+ years of practice but none can compare to the greatness of Dr. Merry Heart." - Albie
September 2014 "Barb was AWESOME! Our guests had a great time!! She's awesome with the kids (and adults)! Nothing but good things to say! Her artistic ability is exceptional! Highly recommend hiring BJ&Co for any party or event! My family will be hiring her again soon!" - Sabrina
August 2014 "You did such an excellent job, and everyone was commenting on how wonderful you were ... You absolutely met & exceeded our expectations, and I'd be happy to provide a good reference for another client. If the chaos of our Customer Appreciation Day was not too traumatic, I hope we can call on you again if we're in need of children's entertainment another time?" - Heather (Marketing & Events Coordinator)
May 2014 "Hi, Barb [Dr. Merry Heart], just wanted to thank you again for bringing smiles to my dad on Memorial Day. God Bless you for the wonderful gift of bringing smiles to those who are not in the best of health. If only the world were filled with more people like you that volunteer their time to share a bit of happiness with others, how sweeter and kinder it would be. Forever grateful, Cheri "
May 2014 "I was really bummed when we woke up that morning 'cause people that were suppose to come [to my daughter's birthday party] didn't come. She was pretty upset too until she met u again … thank u so much for making my daughter's party so special and being part of her smile that day … U were awesome and that is a memory she'll always have." - Kimberly
5/5 stars May 1, 2014 "BJ was wonderful at my six year old daughter's b-day party. My daughter and friends had a great time, they were very excited about her magic show! We parents loved the designs for face painting as well ..... Thank you BJ"
April 19, 2014 "Dear Barb: Yesterday was just what I needed [mime for the Good Friday Service], and thanks for your awesome contribution to it! You are indeed God's messenger for you provided the extra push and inspiration ! God has equipped you with such a big heart in all you do for family and community. You are blessed, and you are a blessing to so many! So thankful our paths crossed. God is so good! Wish we could do a lot more in support of your ministry. May it continue to prosper. Thank you" Essie H. (pastor's wife)
5/5 stars April 7, 2014 "BJ performed at our daughters 4th birthday and did a great job! The kids were entertained with the magic show and loved the balloon animals and face painting! BJ did a wonderful job and I would recommend to everyone! Showed up on time and was a pleasure to work with! Thank you again BJ !!!" Heather I.
Edmeston Central School, March 17, 2014 "I want to thank you for spending time with the ECS students for Kids' Day. They loved you and they loved making the balloons. I have asked many of the kids what their favorite part of Kids' Day was, and hands down you were it! I will most definitely want you back for next year. I hope you can make it. Thank you again, Christy"
5/5 stars February 2, 2014 "Barb was key to our event being a success. We have a bunch of little ones that usually run around and scream. Her entertainment skills with the balloons kept them busy! Everyone was singing the praises of our balloon artist, Barb, for days after the event. We will certainly be using her services again. I would recommend her to anyone hosting a big event for family or business. Barb knows just what to do!" Melissa D.
January 29, 2014 …. "Dr. Merry Heart spoke at chapel today, at Oneonta Community Christian School. Very precious! 'A merry heart does good like medicine'" (Proverbs 17:22). Jane C. (school principal)
5/5 stars December 31, 2013 …. "Barb did my son's 5th birthday on New Year's Eve 2013 & she was amazing! She arrived on time and helped with last minute details with the party. Her face painting skills are perfect. She also had an assistant, 'Sparkles' that was great as well." Shandonna J.
5/5 stars December 9, 2013 "BJ did a great job!! She did exactly what we wanted and more. All of the children were so happy with their face painting and balloons. Also, BJ's daughter came a long and did glitter tattoos that even some of the parents participated in. Truly she made our party memorable. Thank you!" Erin K.
5/5 stars October 30, 2013 "She was amazing. The kids loved her. Even the adults enjoyed her. She also brought a little assistant who was also fantastic. I would definitely recommend her." Kenneth