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The 60th Annual 101 Wild West Rodeo

June 6 - 8, 2018

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RETURNING THIS YEAR: Barrelman - Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford & Specialty Act - Amanda J. Payne

   

 

 

Barrelman - Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford

 

 

Rodeo clown Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford returns to the 101 Wild West Rodeo

To some, hiding inside an aluminum barrel while a 1,600 pound bull slams into it is a nightmare. To Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford, “it’s pretty fun,” and “not as bad as it looks.”

That’s because Rumford, is a professional rodeo clown. He travels 11 months out of the year — or as he describes it “paid vacation” — performing hundreds of shows at rodeos around the country. Rumford is returning home to Ponca City to perform as the rodeo clown of the 101 Wild West Rodeo.

 

Justin Rumford was twice as happy as the rest of the winners at the PRCA’s annual awards banquet after winning the 2018 Coors Man in the Can award and the Clown of the Year award at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa’s Grand Ballroom in Las Vegas, Dec. 5.

“People like chubby guys like me, we’re funny,” Rumford laughed. “I think people like my comedy because I don’t make fun of anyone or do anything controversial, I just be myself.”

The 38-year-old entertainer has won Clown of the Year every year since 2012, making this his seventh in a row. He also won the Coors Man in the Can award in 2013 and 2015.

“I wasn’t expecting anything, but I was very thankful for my friends who were part of this,” Rumford said. “It’s pretty cool is all I can say.”

Rumford is no stranger to the big stage, having worked the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2014 and serving as an alternate in 2012 and 2013.

Rumford is known for catching gorillas, jumping motorcycles, being a cheerleader and showing audiences some “self-defense” between events.

Rumford wasn’t sure why he’s been so successful at his craft, but he was quick to share the credit.

“I just try hard every time, and so many good rodeos put me in a position to do well with great committees and soundmen who set me up for success,” Rumford said. “The people who hire me take care of me. I’m thankful to ProRodeo for taking care of me, one of the proudest things for me is to be part of this association.”

Before he hit the barrel, Rumford was behind the scenes at rodeos working as a semi driver for ProRodeo Hall of Famer Bennie Beutler. Then in 2011, Binion Cervi hired Rumford for his first rodeo. Seven years and countless rodeos later he’s a household name when it comes to rodeo entertainment.

 

“I just got in the right situation when the guy didn’t show up, so I was put in at the Greensburg, Kan., rodeo and it’s been one of the biggest blessings of my life,” Rumford said.


But it’s not all fun and games for this rodeo funnyman. Comedy is serious business, so he does his homework.

“I watch a lot of 'Saturday Night Live' and movies and Google stuff to find things that people will enjoy,” Rumford said. “The more rodeos I get, the more I want to do good.”

Rumford’s fans stretch across the country as he’s hit rodeos from Florida to Arizona and on in the Northwest. But his biggest fans are right at home in Ponca City, Okla., his wife, Ashley, and their triplets Livi, Lola and Bandy.

“We have triplets who are 5 years old, so it’s been a little wild having them at home,” Rumford laughed.

 


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PRCA Clown of the Year, 2012-18
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Coors Man in the Can, 2013, 2015, 2018
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Justin Boots Championship Rodeo (Omaha, Neb.), 2012-13
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Tucson (Ariz.) Rodeo, 2014-15
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Rodeo Austin (Texas), 2014-15
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Sand Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (Odessa, Texas), 2014-15
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Buffalo Bill PRCA Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.), 2014-15
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San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, 2015
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Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, 2015
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Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, 2013
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Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg), 2013
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Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.), 2012-13
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Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, 2013
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Buccaneer Days Pro Rodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas), 2013-14
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Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo, 2013, 2015
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Wide Open Rodeo (Fort Pierce, Fla.), 2011-13
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Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.), 2013
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Cave Creek (Ariz.) Fiesta Days Rodeo, 2012-14
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Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo (Moab, Utah), 2013
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Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo (Blackfoot, Idaho), 2013
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Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, 2013
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College National Finals Rodeo, 2012-13

Dusty Myers and his Bull Fighters provide a line of defense for bull riders in the arena.
While they swap one-liners with rodeo announcer Garrett Yerigan, they also perform the important task of distracting the bulls and keeping them away from the riders.

 

   
 
 
   
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