TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Rodeos are packed with action, bucking broncos, bullfights.
And comedy? Yes, comedy.
Brought to you by the rodeo clown and in the case of the northeast Mississippi championship rodeo, that comes in the form of an 8-time international professional rodeo association clown of the year.
The role of the rodeo clown has changed over the years, in today's rodeo.
"We're kind of like the male cheerleader of rodeo, we have fun with the crowd, we tell jokes, we throw stuff out like free giveaways, we sing songs, we have fun with the crowd," said roadeo clown Dusty Meyers.
According to the event organizer Dustin Murry, Myers is the glue that keeps the whole show together.
"The rodeo is live and unrehearsed if something breaks down like say we have an injury in the arena or time between each event between contestants, so Dusty Myers fills that gap with his antics, and his shenanigans, he keeps us laughing the whole time," Dustin Murry.
Myers has been clowning all over the world. Tomorrow s event is extra special. That's because his passion for rodeo clowning started when his dad took him to the rodeo, right here in Tupelo.
"Some guys see football players, basketball players, doctors, a cop, fireman, I saw a rodeo clown, so to be a part of this rodeo growing up, it's pretty awesome to be here now getting to clown it," said Meyers.
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