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Max Reynolds, clown performers at local rodeo

Jam-packed full of entertainment is how rodeo announcer Jared Slagle describes this year’s Pony Express Rodeo.

The annual rodeo will be Thursday, July 3, and Friday, July 4, at the roping grounds on the north edge of town.

“It will be the same wild and western rodeo with some new exciting entertainers and local events sprinkled throughout,” said Slagle of rural Gothenburg who will announce the rodeo.

Rodeo stuntman Max Reynolds and rodeo clown Steve “Snorkle” From will perform both nights at 7 p.m.

Slagle said Reynolds has performed all over the world, for sheiks in Abu Daubi to appearances in movies.

“He’s really a hidden gem in Dawson County,” he said.

Through the years, Reynolds has added and perfected new acts which include Roman riding (standing on the backs of two running horses), trick roping, bullwhips, gun spinning and horseback-mounted trick shooting, according to his website at www.wildwestacts.com.

As an accomplished western entertainer, combined with his roots of a true ranch cowboy and horseman, Reynolds has performed events ranging from rodeos, wild west shows, stage show, television and even the silver screen.

Fans will get one of the last chances to see From who will retire after this year on both July 3 and 4.

From is said to be a man of many talents from bullfighter and rodeo clown to author of the book, “The Reincarnation of Bennett McKinney.”

Once a bull rider, the Lodgepole native has entertained audiences for 18 years as a rodeo clown and bullfighter.

According to his Facebook page, From has been a four-time Nebraska State Bullfighter of the Year and a three-time Kansas Professional Rodeo Association Bullfighter of the Year. He has also gone on to do some stand-up comedy and has worked at the Funny Bone Comedy Clubs in Omaha and Des Moines, IA; Standford and Son’s Comedy Club in Kansas City and was a regular at the Touchdown Club in North Platte.

A more detailed list of Fourth of July activities, including the Pony Express Rodeo, will be published in the July 2 issue of The Times.

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