2017 Comedy Act of the Year, Gizmo McCracken

Rodeo Clown – Gizmo McCracken

The 64th Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo is bringing Gizmo McCracken, the “2017 Comedy Act of the Year” to Buffalo, MN  June 22-23, 2018.

Gizmo McCracken puts the fun into Funny with his antics, cut-up routines and comedy.  Unpredictable from the arena floor he's known to step out into the arena with his guitar and start singing.   He just might debut his singing gig with "Tiny and Broke" a spoof on Country Music's "Big and Rich."  Hilarious and quick-witted Gizmo will try the patience of any rodeo announcer and keep the crowd entertained with his banter.

ProRodeo fans of all ages love Gizmo McCracken.  He has been entertaining crowds across the country for many years. Gizmo takes pride in the fact that his humor is good, clean, family style comedy.  Gizmo travels the country traveling 100,000 miles a year from coast to coast.

“A lot of Clowns and Specialty Acts sell themselves with a bucking car or a dancing horse,” said Gizmo, “I supply a character.”

In December during the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) Awards Banquet he was awarded the prestigious "2017 Comedy Act of the Year." His peers voted him the best in the business and his rodeo resume is proof.

He became a member of the PRCA in 1992.  Since that time, his list of accomplishments has grown beyond belief by working 15 PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeos; the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo; 2x Cheyenne Frontier Days; 3x nominated “Coors Man in the Can”; 2016 nominated “Clown of the Year” in 2016; 6x nominated for Comedy Act.  McCracken was a featured act at the 2005 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). In 2017 he was voted on the WNFR Wrangler Barrel Man short list.

Gizmo started his career as a bullfighter and moved into stand-up comedy on a show in Branson, Missouri.  Gadgets and gizmos that went sour were often part of his routine, hence the name “Gizmo, the World’s Greatest Inventor.”

His acts share a high energy, clean, family-oriented feel which adds a fresh new atmosphere to any PRCA Rodeo where he performs.  Gizmo is the Best Comedy Entertainer that this sport has to offer.  He has the gold buckle with the words "Comedy Act of the Year" written on it.

Perhaps knowing a few of Gizmo's favorite things help explain why he's so funny. The guy likes Sugar Smacks, in a glass no milk.  Watch out rodeo fans you never know if Dig'em Frog aka Gizmo will leap out of the Rodeo Clown Barrel during the performance.   His favorite movie is Tombstone which makes him one tough cowboy in the arena during bull riding.  If the dessert menu offers Cherry Cheesecake he's delighted.  While traveling 100,000 miles a year he has plenty of time to work on his comedy routine.

Above all Gizmo's favorite super hero is Jesus Christ. In his own words, " He saves more lives than anybody I know."   Gizmo and his wife Janice have a gospel singing collection of CDs.  Follow Gizmo across the country on his website.

 

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Friday Night Bullfight, American Freestyle June 22

Friday Night Bullfight, American Freestyle coming to Buffalo on June 22
by Gretchen Kirchmann

The 64th Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo is bringing a bullfight to Friday June 22 in Buffalo, Minn. Bullfighter Luke Moore, an Army veteran will step in front of bucking bulls to protect PRCA cowboys during the 64th Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo along with fellow Bullfighter Miles Jones.

On Friday night the two bullfighters will then square off in a special American Freestyle match following the bull riding.
Each bullfighter will take on their own Mexican fighting bull in separate competitions. Moore and Jones will draw for positioning before calling for their hot Mexican bulls out of the bucking chutes. The Friday rodeo is the Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance dedicated to breast cancer awareness and those fighting breast cancer. ProRodeo contestants and personnel will be wearing pink shirts and rodeo fans are encouraged to wear pink too.

The Friday night bullfight is one night only.

The Mexican bulls are breed for their agression and ability to fight. The bullfighters, a breed all their own are known for performing athletic thrill defying stunts, fakes, step-throughs, jumps and tricks. This crowd appealing dare-devil showmanship will keep fans on their edge of their seats.

"Bullfighting to me is all about timing. You can be a quarter second to early or too late and that's the difference between a guy getting stepped on or you taking a hit for him," stated Moore.

Moore put his bullfighting career on hold to serve as an officer in the United States Army. He was deployed overseas to Jordan in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Moore was promoted to the rank of captain and completed his service in May 2017. He now travels year-round fighting bulls for the Barnes PRCA Rodeo company across the country.
Moore strives to be perfect in his bullfighting performances each rodeo. As a cowboy protection agent his role is critical for each and every bullrider during their eight-second ride. Like other professional sport athletes Moore studies video and photographs after each rodeo to improve his skill and techniques.

Challenge Accepted literally for Bullfighter Luke Moore in the rodeo arena. Photo copyright Gretchen Kirchmann/PRCA

"My mission when I go out there every night is to be perfect. I want to make it so the cowboy gets back to the fence and doesn't get hooked," further explained Moore.

Moore is quick to credit Barnes PRCA Rodeo on their animal athletes. "They have the best pen of bulls and it's fun to work this pen," Moore replied. When asked which bull gets his adrenaline pumping his response was quick. "Killabrew. He is gonna feel them (if a cowboy is down). I crave those kind of bulls because you are going to get action on them," he explained.

A rodeo career came naturally for Moore as he stated, "I grew up around rodeo and my dad was a PRCA pickup man for 30 years. My mom was a Great Lakes Circuit Finals champion barrel racer too."
Moore continued, "my childhood dream was to be fighting bulls. As a college freshman I was on the Barnes run." Moore credits Marty Barnes for giving him his start as a bullfighter and endorsing him for his PRCA card. Step back even further and foreshadowing at the Buffalo Rodeo grounds began in his childhood when he was a Sheep fighter during the Mutton Bustin.

Moore's first memory of working in the rodeo arena came when he was just five-years-old during the youth sheep riding event in North Washington, Penn. His father David was working as a pickup man and Marty's son Westin was a grade-schooler entertaining the crowd as a sheep fighter. Westin applied face paint to Moore and placed him in the miniature clown barrel during the mutton bustin' competition to help.

Today, Westin Barnes is the livestock superintendent for family’s business and Moore is fighting bulls. The two friends have grown up together over the years attending the Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo.

As Moore grew his responsibilities changed from helping pull gates at the rodeo during his youth to evidently stepping into the bullfighting role.

The Story City, Iowa native along with Jones from North Carolina are the two selected bullfighters for Buffalo. They will be in the community a few days before the rodeo and most likely found fishing on Buffalo Lake. After the Barnes PRCA Rodeo performances the bullfighters will be signing autographs for rodeo fans in the arena. 

Photo caption: Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s bucking bull Killabrew sends Miles Jones flying. Copyright photo Gretchen Kirchmann/PRCA

Shane Martin Band announced for June 22-23, 2018

Entertainment Lineup includes Barnes PRCA Rodeo bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses, PRCA Cowboys, WPRA Cowgirls, 2017 PRCA Comedy Act of the Year Rodeo Clown Gizmo McCracken and PRCA Announcer Davie Kimm

The 64th Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo is June 22-23, 2018 and is pouring out the western hospitality on the historic Buffalo Rodeo Grounds located just off Hwy 55 in Buffalo with plenty of entertainment.  Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) contestants will compete nightly at 7 p.m. in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and timed events.

Shane Martin and his band are a top draw in the Midwest with a unique blend of modern country rock. Martin will perform nightly after the rodeo in the beer garden. Get your tickets in advance for just $12, at the gate $15. From sharing the stage with numerous national acts to captivating audiences at festivals or in a packed venue, Shane Martin concerts are high energy and the crowd is motivated to dance and sing along.

Martin originally from neighboring Elk River, Minn. is excited to play the Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo for his first time.  “I am super stoked to be performing at the oldest PRCA rodeo in Buffalo, MN June 22 and 23, 2018.  I hope to see a ton of my fans ride out and “Keep The Night Alive” for a boot stomping, country-rocking’ good time!”  His latest album just happens to be “Keep the Night Alive.”

Rodeo Clown Gizmo McCracken, the 2017 Comedy Act of the Year in the PRCA, will bring his humor and funny antics to the rodeo arena.  “I like to keep people looking for me and wondering what I am going to do next,” said Gizmo. His acts are rodeo comedy style and share a high energy.  His comedy is clean and family friendly which adds laughs, smirks, and giggles to the rodeo performance.

Rodeo Announcer Davie Kimm returns to the microphone to call the action from horseback during the Barnes PRCA Rodeo. Kimm’s love of rodeo began as a rodeo contestant.  First, he joined the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association and competed in rough stock and timed events.  His ability to explain to the rodeo fans can be attributed to him being a 4x Great Lakes Circuit Finals qualifier in the saddle bronc before his announcing career began.

Kimm is quick to admit that his wife, Nicky (who handles rodeo music production and sound) is a big part of his continued success.  The two of them travel together throughout much of the year. “My goal as a rodeo announcer is to entertain and educate rodeo fans while creating an environment of infectious excitement,” stated Kimm.

Advance Rodeo tickets start at $12 adults, $6 children online and Reserve Seating is $18 and available at the Buffalo Country Store in Buffalo, Minn. only.

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Trick Roping, Gun Spinning and Whip Cracking

Let's Rodeo! The 64th Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo is June 22-23, 2018. Two performances of rodeo sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) will include "The Art of Trick Roping, Gun Spinning, and Whip Cracking" by cowboy Rider Kiesner, a world champion and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo performer.

"We are excited to bring Rider to town. Our rodeo committee is comprised of volunteers that work countless hours throughout the year to make the show bigger and better every year. As a non-profit we pride ourselves in putting on a PRCA rodeo bringing family-friendly entertainment at an affordable price. Throughout the years the Buffalo Rodeo has grown with the community, and we continue to be an annual tradition," stated Stuart Marquette, rodeo chairman.

Early Bird tickets can be purchased online at www.buffalorodeo.com starting at just $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 4-11) through May 1, 2018. The historical Buffalo Rodeo grounds are located off Hwy 55 and are one of the few dedicated rodeo arenas in Minnesota.

Kiesner's grandfather, Dick, lives in Buffalo and is beaming with pride his grandson is coming to Buffalo. "You won't see this anywhere else...he just loves to perform," stated Dick Kiesner over the telephone. The elder Kiesner rode bucking horses and roped at the Buffalo Rodeo back in the 1960s. "I was in my 20s then, and I'm 80 years old now. When I competed, it was at the original grounds, not the original rodeo in 1955," he emphasized with a chuckle.

The Kiesner family name is well recognized in the sport of rodeo. Rider's father Phillip started "The Kiesner Family Wild West Revue in 2003" after he finished rodeoing as a saddle bronc contestant. For years young Rider and his little brother Roper performed for the family act. When Rider turned 18-years old, he went solo and purchased his pro card. To date he has traveled all over the world performing his trick roping, whip cracking, and gun spinning.

"Buffalo will be really special this year as my grandparents and cousins will be in the stands. This will be the first time my Grampa Dick will see me in the bullfighting barrel too. My versatility in the rodeo arena will be on full display from spinning six-shooters to maneuvering the barrel. It is super exciting, and a blast as all my rodeo buddies are bullfighters and barrel men," mentioned Rider Kiesner.

At the age of 26, Rider Kiesner is already a 2x World Champion All Around Western Performer, 4x World Champion Trick Roper, and 2x World Champion Gun Spinner. Kiesner has performed in 49 states, lacking only Hawaii, across Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Oman, Dubai, Lebanon, and France. Rider had been featured five times at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, made six appearances at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, Cavalia, RAM Prairie Circuit Finals, RAM National Circuit Finals. Plus he's been nominated four times as the PRCA Dress Act of the Year.

Media Contact to schedule interview: Gretchen Kirchmann, KMG

Barnes’ animal athletes selected for 2017 Great Lakes Circuit Finals

J2 FRANKIE SCOTT, LEADS THE HERD TO LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

Representing the Rafter B Bar Ranch from Peterson, Iowa are bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses selected for the Great Lakes Circuit Finals (GLCF) November 9-11 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Among the Barnes PRCA Rodeo livestock selection is bareback horse J2 Frankie Scott, saddle bronc 3I9 Barry Crossin and bull Ralco’s Centrifuge.  Marty Barnes, the owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo, gave credit to his animals, “We just manage the horses and bulls like athletes, making sure they are well cared for with plenty of feed and rest between competitions.  They are selected on their own merits by the circuit cowboys for their athletic ability to buck.”

Leading the Barnes’ bull herd to the finals is 221 Ralco’s Centrifuge. Wapello, Iowa fans witnessed Gumby Wren claim the highest-marked bull ride of the 2017 PRCA regular season on him with a 92-point score.   Rodeo fans in Merrill, Wisconsin observed his buckoff percentage increase to 64% during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in early June.  This fall he matched up with three-time World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale.

J2 Frankie Scott, the bay mare is heading back to the GLCF again this year.  She won Wapello PRCA Rodeo in July and was the reserve champion bronc at Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo in June.  Her rodeo resume includes selection for the 2017 Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, Florida and the 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Saddle Bronc Horse 3I9 Barry Crossin’ won Minnesota’s oldest PRCA Rodeo at the 63rd annual Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo in Buffalo, Minn.  The bay gelding took Logan Allen to the pay window and also placed second in Cherokee, Iowa this season.  Allen, a Great Lakes Circuit Finals qualifier, could have a rematch if he draws Barry Crossin at the GLCF.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo continues to be in an elite class of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. They are one of only two firms across North America selected to provide livestock for every National Finals Rodeo, since its inception in 1959.

Photo Credit: J2 Frankie Scott at the 2017 RNCFR copyright PRCA/Ric Andersen

2017 Rodeo Results

Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo 2017 Unofficial Results

  • AA Kyle Whitaker
  • BB Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, MN on Undergrad (6H9) 83.5 pts
  • TD Steve Kuntz from North Branch, MN – 9.2 seconds
  • TR Jr. Dees/Matt Zancanella from Aurora, SD– 5.3 seconds
  • SB Logan Allen from Crecent, IA on Barry Crossin’ – 79 pts
  • SW Fenton Nelson from Iowa Falls, IA – 4.0 seconds
  • GBR Ericka Nelson from Century, FL – 17.37 seconds
  • BR Coy Thorson from Fergus Falls, MN on #107 Hilton Magic, 86 pts

The 63rd Buffalo Championship Rodeo returned with two performances for 2017 on Friday June 23rd and Saturday June 24th.

The athletic talent of our bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses is award winning. Each performance featured the seven standard rodeo events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding.

For a complete rodeo schedule click on http://www.buffalorodeo.com/rodeo-schedule.html
The excitement and energy of our Barnes PRCA Rodeo during the annual Buffalo Championship Rodeo is great family entertainment. Rodeo fans experience America’s original sport at its best. Rodeo is one of the fastest growing spectator sports in the country. The popularity of the sport has as strong sense of tradition and value.
Patriotism is at the core of Barnes PRCA Rodeo productions. The Iowa-based stock contracting company is known for paying respect to the United States Armed Forces during their rodeo performances. American flags flown over the bucking chutes and during the grand entry are signature elements at Barnes PRCA Rodeos across the country.

Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale selects eight Barnes’ animal athletes

TWO STATES, SEVEN PERFORMANCES IN FOUR DAYS FOR BARNES PRCA RODEO

(Omaha, Neb.) - Animal athletes from Barnes PRCA Rodeo are in high demand between September 28 - October 1, 2017. Marty Barnes and his son Westin Barnes will take part in seven rodeo performances in just four days in Iowa and South Dakota.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo is providing livestock for two Great Plains Regional Rodeos at Iowa Central Community College and Iowa State University. Also, eight of their top bucking horses and bulls were selected to compete at the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on September 29 and 30

Marty Barnes, the owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo, said, "we are honored to have some of our animals selected and excited to be part of the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale."

Bareback horses 1Z8 Hawley Falls, 6H9 Undergrad, J2 Frankie Scott and Saddle Bronc horse 317 Red Horse Crossin' will be representing the Rafter B Bar brand. Four bulls 27 Ralco's Microfused, 28 Rafael's Red Chain, 221 Ralco's Centrifuge and 16 Butter Biscuit will be in the draw on Saturday night during the premier event sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The brown gelding, 1Z8 Hawley Falls, named after the American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.) was an ATM for cowboys this season. Reigning World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O'Connell won Palestine, Ill. on 1Z8 Hawley Falls. Tennessee cowboy Tyler Waltz won second during the 63rd Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo (Buffalo, Minn.) in late June. Wyatt Bloom from Bend, Ore. drew Hawley Falls at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kississimee, Florida) to split second in the first round this past April.

"I look at the draw and get excited about it," said O'Connell, "when you only have to put 11 horses together, it makes for a great rodeo. I would be ecstatic about drawing a Barnes horse. The horses he (Marty Barnes) has in the draw fit in there very well. There is a good chance it will be more of a riding contest than a drawing contest."

Rodeo fans at five Great Lakes Circuit events this season saw 6H9 Undergrad be the elite bronc.

Two-time Wrangler National Finals qualifier Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, Minn. drew the bay gelding twice this season. He was the Bareback Champion at the 63rd Buffalo PRCA Championship Rodeo (Buffalo, Minn.) in June and Co-champion at the Minnesota Horse Expo & ProRodeo (St. Paul, Minn.) in April. The French cowboy Evan Jayne from Marseille, France was the Co-champion at the Heart Of The North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.). Waltz was Co-champion at the Midwest Horse Fair & Rodeo (Madison, Wis.) and Tanner Phipps won American Heroes PRCA Rodeo (Hawley, Minn.) in early June on 6H9 Undergrad.

RNCFR and Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo selected bareback horse J2 Frankie Scott adds the WCC selection to her rodeo resume now. The bay mare won Wapello PRCA Rodeo (Wapello, Iowa) and was the reserve champion bronc at Cherokee Chamber PRCA Rodeo (Cherokee, Iowa) and helped Chad Rutherford from Lake Charles, Louisiana win second in Palestine, Ill over Labor Day weekend. O'Connell said, "this is the one that has alluded me in the draw," referencing J2 Frankie Scott in a telephone call from the Pendleton Roundup. "We have missed each other quite often. I think that is Marty's best horse and he sure has a good pen of horses," added O'Connell.

O'Connell is leading the 2017 PRCA World Standings. He is within five dollars of earning $200,000 during the regular season with two weeks still left. When asked further about J2's style he said, "She looks strong, and kicks hard every jump. She gives you good timing, and you can be in the mid-80s. I think that horse is NFR worthy." Perhaps the duo will meet in Sioux Falls at the Wrangler Championships Challenge in a few weeks. O'Connell rides for Team Justin in the format series of the Wrangler Champions Challenge.

Six-time selected WNFR, plus the reigning 2016 Great Lakes Circuit Finals Saddle Bronc of the Year and 2017 RNCFR selected mare Red Horse Crossin is also joining her equine teammates on the trip to Sioux Falls. Notably, Red Horse Crossin' won several Great Lakes Circuit rodeos this season. A highlight was her 88-point performance at the Georgia National Jr Livestock Show & Rodeo (Perry, Georgia) in February. Curtis Garton from Kaitaia, New Zealand rode her to tie the previous arena record held by Marty Barnes.

The Barnes' bull herd represents stock selected for the 2016 GLCFR and 2017 RNCFR. Number 28, Rafael's Red Chain, has a 78% buckoff percentage. Number 27 Ralco's Microfused was rode for paychecks and high scores this season. In Florida the bull was ridden for 84.5-points at the RNCFR; 85-points at the Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.). His buckoff percentage is 62%.

221 Ralco's Centrifuge is leading the PRCA for the highest-marked bull ride this season with 92-points set in Wapello, Iowa. Rodeo fans in Merrill, Wisconsin witnessed his buckoff percentage increase to 64% during the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo in early June.

Finally, 16 Butter Biscuit with a 70% buckoff rate is the desired draw for cowboys. In April he was rode for 88-points in St. Paul, Minn. During the 2016 GLCF Brett Stall, two-time NFR, and three-time RNCF qualifier won the first-round in Lousiville, Kentucky on the cross-bred bull.

Barnes PRCA Rodeo continues to be in an elite class of Pro Rodeo Stock Contractors. They are one of only two firms across North America selected to provide livestock for every National Finals Rodeo, since its inception in 1959.

Media Contact:
Gretchen Kirchmann
Kirchmann Media Group
gretchen@kirchmannmediagroup.com