Spooner Rodeo Entertainment-2019
RODEO ANNOUNCER: KELLY KENNEY
Kelly Kenney was born in 1975 and raised in a small town in southwest Missouri with hard working, loving parents and two older brothers. Kenney credits his parents for allowing his dreams of becoming a cowboy to come true. He says, “Just now I realize how many sacrifices my family made to haul me to all of those high school rodeos. (We were) Living off of very little, but I never knew it, I felt I was the richest kid in the world.”
At an early age he learned to ride a stubborn little sorrel pony, and it wasn’t long before that experience developed into a love of rodeo. In high school, he learned how to rope and bulldog, and how to play guitar. He went to college on a rodeo scholarship. Soon officiating high school and college baseball and basketball, rodeoing, picking and singing consumed his life, leaving him with very little time for anything else. Then accidentally, in 1996. at a rodeo in his home town, the announcer didn’t show. Kenney reluctantly agreed to help. That night in November of ’96, he was “bitten by the entertainment bug,” as he puts it.
The next four years of Kenney’s life were jammed packed with excitement. He was announcing rodeos and competing hard all summer, officiating college baseball in the springtime, calling basketball games all winter and filling any otherwise vacant time slots with singing gigs. It didn’t take long for Kelly Kenney to realize his life was being consumed with work and travel, leaving little time for the things he loved at home - his family, hunting, fishing, and ranching.
In 2000 he became the head rodeo coaching position at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO. The next year Kenney was encouraged by his peers, students and family to pursue a career in the field that he had originally started years earlier, announcing rodeos. Kenney turned pro in 2001, resigned from the college in good standing, hung up his officiating uniforms and has never looked back.
Now Kenney announces PRCA Rodeos full time working approximately 30-40 events each year, traveling from Georgia to California and Texas to Montana. Last year he announced three Wisconsin rodeos, Spooner, Madison and Merrill. Despite his busy schedule all around the United States, last year, for example Kenney was able to fit in a fishing vacation in May and a hunting trip in November.
With a cow/calf operation at home, Kenney’s life remains full of responsibilities. Kenney says, “Now when rodeo season slows down in the fall, I get a chance to go hunting, pick with the band and auctioneer some sales. Most importantly, I get to truly enjoy my family.”
To find out more about Kelly Kenney, visit his website: http://www.kellykenney.com/index.html
ENTERTAINMENT: Dusti Crain Dickerson
Dusti Crain Dickerson grew up in a rodeo family. Her father Ronnie Crain and Uncle Kevin Crain began putting on rodeos when Dusti was 3 years old, she carried the American flag and competed as a barrel racer. She saw trick riding for the first time during a family vacation at a dinner show and told her dad that that was what she would do one day. At 11 years of age Dusti performed her first trick riding act in a rodeo and never looked back. She has performed in over 30 states and is best known for her unique way of Roman riding. Dusti roman rides atop fast running horses bareback and bare foot, her speed and control is a crowd favorite. She travels with a black and white team named Valor and Royal, a blue roan team named Rummy and Blue, and her trick riding horses Dash and Doc. Elaborate costumes, beautiful, fast horses, plenty of fire and excitement and always a big smile, Dusti Crain Dickerson will always give 110% and leave rodeo fans entertained!
RODEO CLOWN: Trent McFarland
Trent McFarland is a professional rodeo entertainer & 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. Most dads are teaching their sons how to hit a baseball or throw a football, Trent’s dad was teaching him to put on makeup. It only took a few years working in the arena before Trent got his first Clown Barrel, and there has been no looking back ever since. As a second generation clown he grew up making people laugh! He provides a style of in your face comedy that will leave the crowd wanting more. You can often find him along the fence or within the crowd during the performance.
COUNTRY MUSIC: Dirt Road Dixie
We're thrilled to be one of the hottest Country band's in the Midwest. For well over a year now, we've been bringing great music to great people all across the Midwest in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North/South Dakota. We have established ourselves at the top, with the best vocals in the business, coupled with amazing musicians. You're sure to enjoy our high energy performances and great set list of music we have put together. Whether it's at a Club, County/ State Fair, Community Event, Corporate Event, Wedding, Private Party, or Benefit, big or small we rock it all! We are excited for all thats in store for Dirt Road Dixie and the road that lies ahead!