PORTLAND, ME – JUNE 10: Haley Depner has been making balloon animals since she was a child, but it’s only been a year since she began clowning around Portland. When in costume, the 23-year-old Cornish resident and USM biology major goes by the name Sweetums the Clown. She offers a range of more than 60 different balloon sculptures, including dolphins, mermaids and ninja swords. Depner accepts tips, but otherwise the creations are free. “[Sweetums] would rather everybody get a balloon than have anyone walk away without one due to lack of money.” Sweetums can be found at Deering Oaks on Saturdays during the Portland Farmers Market, as shown here, and often on First Fridays downtown. (Staff photo by Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer)

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