This year Cherokee welcomes a new ring announcer, Andy Seiler.
Seiler has been competing in rodeo since the age of eight. With parents, two sisters and a brother who have supported him, he has continued in rodeo to this day.
He has qualified for the Florida High School Rodeo Finals, as well as the National High School Finals in Team Roping. He is currently a student at Troy University where he continues to rodeo, qualifying for the College National Finals in team roping twice.
Also new this year is Dave Engelkes or Hippy as most people will come to know him. Growing up, Hippy always wanted to be a bullrider or a bullfighter.
In 1997 his dream of riding bulls became reality. In 2002, Hippy started "clowning" as well as riding bulls.
Since then, he has followed his calling of being a rodeo clown. Hippy enjoys being able to bring smiles and laughter to rodeo spectators with his fun and high energy.
When he is at home, Hippy trains horses, works cattle and fixes fence. However, he most enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebekah, and daughter Emma.
No stranger to the Cherokee Rodeo is Tim "Wild Thang" Lepard. Tim brings along with him "The Ghost Riders" to entertain you throughout the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo. Tim is 44 years old and currently hangs his hat at home on the outskirts of Tupelo, Miss. He has been involved in rodeo for 28 years and began his career riding bulls which then evolved into bullfighting.
After nine major surgeries encountered while fighting bulls, he began to put together the dog and monkey act and will give you a performance that you will never forget.
Traveling across the United States with animals requires even more dedication and responsibility. The animals are like family and require 24/7 care, but when he sees the crowd smiling and hears their laughter, it makes it all worthwhile.
Gate price for tonight's performances are $20 (adult) $10 (child-12 and under); or $15 (adult) $5 (child-12 and under) in advance. On Saturday, gate prices are $15 (adult) $7 (child-12 and under) and advance - $12 (adult) $5 (child-12 and under). Advance tickets are available now at the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce office, as well as at several area banks and businesses in Cherokee or you can get rodeo tickets at the gate.
A reminder that Country Music Artist Shawn Mayer will be performing after tonight's Rodeo performances and don't forget to attend the Exceptional Rodeo at the Cherokee Arena at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Dodge Rodeo along with Holzhauer Motors of Cherokee are proud to sponsor the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo.