Being a Clown is Tougher than it looks!

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The National Western Stock Show has come to Denver for two weeks. With 20 breeds of cattle, 350 vendors, and all kinds of different contests, acts, and shows, this place is packed!

The National Western Stock Show has come to Denver for two weeks. With 20 breeds of cattle, 350 vendors, and all kinds of different contests, acts, and shows, this place is packed!

 

The National Western Stock Show started in 1906 and runs annually. The show mainly revolves around rodeos. At the center of all the action is the one and only, rodeo clown. No rodeo is complete without the rodeo clown. So the National Western Stock Show turned to Duane Reichert from South Dakota as one of its Rodeo Clowns. He is part of the youth program, Backstage with a Rodeo Clown.

 

There are two different types of a Rodeo Clown. One type is called the Bullfighting Rodeo Clown. Being a Bullfighting Rodeo Clown means that once the cowboy has fallen off the bull he was riding the Rodeo Clown distracts the Bull so the cowboy can escape. The Bullfighting Rodeo clown also entertains the crowd just like a regular clown! Mr. Reichert used to be a Bullfighting Rodeo Clown but now, he is a just a Rodeo Clown which is another type of Rodeo Clown. Rodeo Clowns have their own shows that focus mainly on them the entire show. “Being a Rodeo Clown is like being a stand-up comedian. ” says Mr. Reichert.

 

Mr. Reichert has been a Rodeo Clown for 50 years and has wanted to be a Rodeo Clown since he was 18 years old. He loves meeting different people so much it is his favorite part of his job! “What do you think you are best at doing at your job?” I asked Mr. Reichert. “All of it!” he says jokingly. He then adds that he loves entertaining people.

 

Mr. Reichert is not just a Rodeo Clown, he is also a rancher. He owns 150 cows and 200 sheep.
Come on down to the National Western Stock Show and make sure you see both types of Rodeo Clowns! What do you know? Maybe you might get a red nose that honks as well!