Thursday, August 22, 2013
Mesquite Rodeo GM says infamous “Obama clown” could appear during closing weekend
Despite pressure from the NAACP, organizers say "presidential clowning" has been going on since at least the Nixon Administration.
MESQUITE The Mesquite Rodeo is expected to receive an appearance from the now-infamous "Obama Clown" and several other presidential clowns this weekend.
The clown who wore a mask portraying President Obama was recently banned from performing at the Missouri State Fair after several politicians and the NAACP objected to his depiction of the president.
"I have it from a good source Obama Clown will be making an appearance this weekend along with several other presidential clowns," said Steve Gander, Mesquite Arena general manager.
Gander said presidential clowns have long been a staple of the rodeos.
"I have been in the business a long time and I have seen clowns of presidents all the way from Richard Nixon to the current president perform," Gander said. "There have been a couple of different clowns who have done it because it has been going on so long."
Obama Clown was recently invited to perform in Texas by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Houston), according to a press release from his office.
The rodeo season concludes for Mesquite ProRodeo at Mesquite Arena with its championship weekend on Friday, August 23, and Saturday, August 24.
"The championship rodeo this weekend will feature the Top 10 performers from each event including our junior bull riders," Gander said.
The rodeo this weekend will decide its all-around and event champions at the conclusion of the rodeo on Auust. 24. At that time buckles and saddles will be handed out. The overall champion will win a trailer.
Gander said based on crowd surveys he believes this is one of the best seasons the rodeo has had.
"Ninety-seven percent of our audience has rated the performance as good to excellent. Our survey results and crowd atmosphere this year have been phenomenal," Gander said.
He attributes the success this year to an emphasis on getting the crowd more involved with the performers.
"If you missed a performance this year, then you missed something you wouldn't get to see the rest of the year. All of the cowboys have been extremely into [connecting with] the audience," Gander said.
At the conclusion of the rodeo on Saturday night, the next opportunity to see rodeo action in the area will be in December when the arena hosts its holiday rodeos.
The Mesquite Arena is at 1818 Rodeo Drive in Mesquite. Call 972-285-8777 or visit www.mesquiterodeo.com.
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