KINGMAN - Though large hurdles had to be jumped, the 26th Annual Andy Devine Days Rodeo is set for a weekend of entertainment in the Kingman Regional Medical Center Arena at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.
The rodeo starts at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and the gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday's festivities kick off with the 40th Annual Andy Devine Days at 10 a.m. downtown.
The Kingsmen were considering moving the rodeo to another site, however, the issues with the Fair board were resolved and everything is set. That hasn't stopped the Kingsmen from considering a different venue for the future.
"We're definitely considering a new location for future use," Bob Rose said. "There is added interest about the upgrading of the fairgrounds, so it remains to be seen if the fairgrounds can be viable."
The rodeo will again feature its standard events such as bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, saddle and bareback bronc riding, and team and tie-down roping. In addition, the rodeo will also feature present-day horses.
"We'll be doing moto-barrels," Rose said. "Dirt bikes, side-by-sides and ATVs will compete for cash prizes."
In barrel racing, the rodeo has added the local MBHS series to the list of events alongside the PRCA and WPRA Junior Barrel racers.
Brian Potter will be on hand to entertain the crowd as the rodeo clown. Potter has been rodeoing for 22 years. He's spent the last eight years as a rodeo clown and has been doing that full time for the last five.
"You've got to have a sense of humor, I guess," Potter said. "My job is to entertain the crowd during the slow spots. There's a lot of traveling, and you have to interact
with the crowd and get them involved."
Potter has a trick horse that he claims is the world's smartest quarter horse.
"He's about 30 inches high," the rodeo clown said. "The joke is he's a quarter of a horse. We have a surprise in store with him for everybody that's there."
A rodeo clown is definitely not your ordinary 9-5 job, and Potter has found himself a magnificent way to live life.
"It's a heck of a way to make a living," he said. "I get paid to make people laugh, and it doesn't get much better than that."
The Mohave County Fair Association put up another stumbling block for the Kingsmen to climb over this week. The KRMC Arena banner was placed over the Hualapai Downs sign at the fairgrounds, and the MCFA had issue with that.
Rose said he met with the association on Wednesday and got the issue ironed out. MCFA was concerned that people in the community would become confused with the name and would no longer call it Hualapai Downs.
"I apologized for my breech of etiquette," Rose said.
"We agreed that the banner would come down immediately after the rodeo and that any holes made by us would be filled."