48th Annual Corn Palace Stampede PRCA Rodeo

July 19th through July 22nd, 2018

Mitchell, South Dakota

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Let's Get Ready To RODEO!

2018 - Rodeo Entertainment - WI FMX Wisconsin Freestyle Motocross

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WI-FMX is comprised of the hardest working, bravest individuals to ever get the stunt man bug.  With the heart of the operation being a farm in the heart of Wisconsin, where at an early age the idea that hard work yields rewards was implanted.

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Combining new age, portable ramps with the work ethic of farm life bears, one of the most entertaining thrill act performances to ever hit the industry.  The gap is set at 75 feet and a plethora of apparatus and humans are hurled across the sky to the excitement of thousands.
 
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2018 - Professional Rodeo Clown - "Hippie"

We welcome "Hippie" to the 2018 Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo.  David Engelkes from Steamboat Rock, Iowa has always enjoyed being in the spotlight.  He was nick named "Hippie" during his high school years when he had long hair, wore tie-dyed shirts and sandals where he hung around with bull riders and cowboys.   One day a bull began charging at him and someone yelled "Hurry and get out of the way, you darn hippie" .  So  the name "Hippie" just stuck with him, even after his hippie attire changed.

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In 1997, he began a career as a bull rider and bull fighter.  Along the way he discovered that he could get paid for playing with the bulls and clowning around in the arena, making people laugh.  "My high school pranks that had landed me in the principal's office evolved into a real life career", Engelkes admits. 

Now a family man, he concentrates on his comedy and working the barrel, which is the bull riders' "Safety island" at more than 60 performances each year.  "In my clown gear, I get to dance and have fun with the audience and my act is completely improvised.  I never do the same show twice."  He also states that it takes a certain kind of person to work in a rodeo.  "We're all adrenaline junkies and we live for excitement", Engelkes says.  The need for speed was what motivated him to get involved with the bull riding in the first place.

It is word of mouth advertisement among announcers, rodeo committee members and fellow clowns that builds the reputation of comedy men involved in the rodeo.  he set his goals high and in 2017 he became a member of the PRCA.  He now travels across the United States entertaining crowds at PRCA rodeos along with other CBR and PBR events.  His wife, Rebekah and their children accompany him to rodeos whenever possible. 

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2018 - Professional Bull Fighter - Kaleb Barrett

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Rodeo has always been a major part of Kaleb's life.  He started  off riding in 4-H rodeos and moved to riding bulls in High School Rodeo.  He was fortunate enough to go to the University of Montana to ride bulls.  At that time, he was accepted to nursing school at the University and began fighting bulls and ended his career riding them.  

Kaleb has been fighting bulls for 14 years and is currently a Licensed Practical Nurse at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana.  He has been honored by being selected by his rodeo peers to fight the Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo the last seven years.Kalebbarrett230

"I am very thankful to have two professional careers that allow me to help people that are in need.  It is very fulfilling to help someone heal and leave the hospital, or do my best to keep someone from having to go to the hospital all together,"  says Kaleb.  He enjoys every aspect of rodeo and looks forward to being a part of it for many years to come.  Kaleb, his wife, Shawna, and son Jett live in Lolo, MT.

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2018 - Professional Bull Fighter - Josh Rivinius

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Rodeo has always been a part of Josh's life -- he got his start, like many other cowboys, in Little Britches rodeos.  He moved up through the ranks and eventually became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.  In 1997 Bullfighting became his passion.  

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Rivinius is an elite bullfighter in the PRCA. During his career, Rivinius has been at the Badlands Circuit Finals for 11 years, Lawton, OK since 2002, Rapid City Stock Show, Clear Lake, SD PRCA Rodeo, the Tour Finale in 2007 and 2008 and the Ram Finals in 2012 and 2015.  

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Rivinius was born in Elgin, ND and still reside there with his wife and son when not on the road traveling to rodeos across the country.  Sports have been a big part of his life.  Growing up he competed in bareback, steer wrestling and roping events, played football in high school and then on to rodeo.  While at home Rivinius enjoys ranching and hunting. 

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2018 - Rodeo Announcer - Davie Kimm

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Davie Kimm was raised on the family farm in Lakeville, MN. His rodeo career started when he joined the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association in 1981. During High School Rodeo competition he rode bareback horses, saddle broncs and roped calves. Davie was the reserve state champion saddle bronc rider for Minnesota in 1982, and he qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals in Douglas, WY.

In 1986 Davie joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (P.R.C.A.) and he qualified as a saddle bronc rider for the Great lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo in Louisville, KY in 1987, '88 '89 and '92. He retired from competition in October 1994. Occasionally riding until early 2000 when injuries forced him to stop.

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Davie's announcing career began in 1989 when he announced his first rodeo filling in for a no show announcer. The following year he began announcing at High School rodeos in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He attended Sam Howry's Rodeo Academy, a school for professional rodeo announcers in Oklahoma City, OK. Since then Davie has worked high school, college, amateur and professional rodeos and bull riding events that stretch from the upper Midwest to northern Alberta, Canada.

Now calling Box Elder, SD "home", Davie and his wife Nicky (who handles rodeo music production) travel throughout the upper Midwest and Canada. His insight as a past contestant and his mid-west work ethic has helped him become one of the most exciting and sought after voices in the PRCA. You will find Davie at many professional rodeos throughout the upper midwest. 

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Stock Contractor: Sutton Rodeos, Onida, SD

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