Bob FM interview, Let’s Rodeo MN

Let's Rodeo Minnesota!  The oldest PRCA is in the state celebrates its 65th anniversary June 20-22, 2019 with Barnes PRCA Rodeo company.  Listen in as former Elk River classmates team up at the Buffalo Rodeo. Gretchen Kirchmann, publicist and Shane Martin, musician discuss the lineup and entertainment coming to Buffalo, Minnesota. Thank you to the Stuart Marquette, rodeo president and his all-volunteer team for their hard work and dedication.

Family Fun Night – Wed. June 19

Come out and enjoy an evening of activities as we kick off the 65th anniversary!

Free Pony Rides, Free Mechanical Bull Rides, Kiddie Games

4 p.m.  Meal begins (free will offering and/or bring a can for the food pantry)

4:30 p.m. Pre-registered Mutton Bustin contestants check-in.  Registrations will still be taken onsite at this point.

6 p.m. – Mutton Bustin begins and the top riders advance to compete on either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

2019 Music Lineup – Drop Tailgate, Shane Martin Band and Chopper World’s Nuttiest DJ

After the rodeo performance head to the beer garden for Music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  The beer garden is located right on the rodeo grounds and your rodeo ticket is your admission into the party.

Saturday Night June 22, 2019 – Drop Tailgate performs the best high energy country, rock and pop music that will have you dancing and singing along to your favorite hits from the beginning to the last encore of their show! Drop Tailgate performs songs strikingly close to the original artists but give it a little boost to keep the party rockin’! Along with performing at countless Fair and Town Festivals and street dances, Drop Tailgate has shared the stage with dozens of national acts at many major music festivals to include Moondance Jammin Country Fest, Winstock and Country Fest.

Friday Night June 21, 2019 – The Shane Martin Band is back for one night only on Friday.   Shane Martin is quickly becoming one of the top draws in the Midwest with a unique blend of modern country rock routinely performing over 200 shows per year. From sharing the stage with numerous national acts to captivating audiences at festivals or in a packed venue, Shane Martin concerts are a high energy good time that gets crowds on their feet dancing, singing along and always leave them wanting more.

Shane Martin Band performing in the Beer Garden

Thursday Night June 20, 2019 – He is an entertainer, not just an ordinary DJ. Chopper has been in business for 25 years and is the only D.J. in his company. He enjoys playing for any crowd, any age group, anywhere for any theme.


America’s Most Entertaining Rodeo Clown and Barrel Man

Trent McFarland is a professional rodeo entertainer and  barrel man, commonly known as a rodeo clown. He has over 21 years of experience at entertaining crowds with his quick wit, crowd interaction and high energy. He was fortunate to be raised in a clown family. As a second generation clown he grew up making people laugh! He provides a style of in your face comedy that will leave your crowd wanting more. You can often find him along the fence or within the crowd during the performance and always readily available during an unexpected delay in the show.

“You did a great job and I’m looking forward to
working with you again.”
—Rob Smets, 5X World Champion Bull Fighter

Trent has the largest selection of high quality acts going in the sport of rodeo today. He believes that a clown should have more than just a silly costume or some dance moves. For this very reason, he is continually adding new exiting acts that are filled with good, clean, crisp, comedy… and are just plain fun!

In Trent’s own words – Some kids are born into a rich family; I got lucky and was born into a Rodeo Clown family. I was blessed to learn from a man very good at his profession. However, when most dads are teaching their sons how to hit a baseball or throw a football, my dad was teaching me how to put on makeup???? I only had to work the arena for a few very terrifying years before I got my first Clown Barrel. It was the greatest thing in the world to think that I would never have to run from another 2,000 pound steak. That was until the first time I used the barrel and the bull charged it. He knocked it end over end with me inside, and I realized that the freedom of running away sounded pretty darn good at that point. But there is no escaping this bull version of a piñata. It was like going to six flags except the roller coaster was trying to get inside the cart with you. From that moment on I knew I wanted to be a barrel man.

Some folks think that I may be a bit crazy to do what I do for a living. I just enjoy helping others and making people laugh. If I can take those people who know what hard times are and give them two hours to relax, forget about their problems and enjoy themselves with quality family entertainment, then I feel like I’ve done my job. That is why after the rodeo has ended, I will always be found at the exits signing autographs and thanking everyone for coming out. I never forget that all of us in this profession could not do what we do if it wasn’t for the spectators and sponsors coming out to support us. I will never forget my fifth grade teacher telling me that acting like a clown would get me nowhere in life; I just wish she could see me now as I am traveling this great country, doing what I love. – Trent McFarland


Meet the 2019 Miss Buffalo Rodeo Queen

Hi my name is Macy Diehl, I am the 2019 Miss Buffalo Rodeo Queen. I am 17- years-old, I have been riding horses for seven years now and have always been in love with them. I compete in the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association and Minnesota Rodeo Associations, my events include barrel racing, breakaway roping, pole bending and my favorite, goat tying. I am looking forward to the honor of representing the Buffalo PRCA Rodeo this year. This is one special year as it the 65th anniversary and is also the oldest PRCA in Minnesota. 

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.


Media Contact:

Kirchmann Media Group

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.

Media Interviews contact Gretchen Kirchmann

Kirchmann Media Group

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 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