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Rodeo bringing more top cowboys | Preston Citizen

Rodeo bringing more top cowboys

July 23, 2013
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That Famous Preston Night Rodeo becoming an attractive venue 

 

By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

This year’s rodeo should be more action packed than ever. Rodeo committee member Sheryl Kimball said they are expecting 16 World Champions or participants in the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) to compete at That Famous Preston Night Rodeo this weekend. Kimball said out of every four competitors, one will have been to the NFR. She also said some of those will be riding slack on Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. Watching slack is free to the public.

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The rodeo committee is bringing back Keith Isley, a rodeo clown and bull rider from Goldston, N.C. They know he will give the audience something to laugh at again this year. One of the most popular and entertaining characters in the arena at PRCA rodeos across the country is the barrel man. He helps entertain the crowd during breaks and lulls in action, often verbally jousts with announcers “in a playful manner, of course” and helps protect bull riders from the massive beasts they are trying to ride for eight seconds.

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Gerrit Van Engen, 16, of Pahrump, Nv. feeds the broncs in the
corrals at the Preston rodeo grounds. Rex “Bud” Kerby, the supplier rough stock for the rodeo, was recently inducted posthumously
to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Will Rasmussen, a Montana native, will be a different voice in the announcer’s box at Preston’s rodeo. Rasmussen has over 20 years in the industry sharing his announcing style and interacting with clowns and the crowd.

This story is sponsored by That Famous Preston Night Rodeo.

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