There’s only ever been a handful of female rodeo clowns in the world and this year’s Xtrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo has not one, but two taking centre stage in the arena.
Heading in from their home 200km from the middle of nowhere with all their whips, ball gowns and rascally antics are The CrackUp Sisters – S.T Ruth (better known as Struth) and her sister Little B-Ute.
The sisters will bring a full swag of unique pranks, “death-defying” aerial circus stunts plus their stock horse Blaze, Barry the bull and a turbo-charged miniature motor bike called Roger.
Passionate about a job as rare as hen’s teeth, the talented duo is guaranteed to rev up the crowds during arena and roaming performances at the Mount Isa rodeo from Friday to Sunday, August 12 to 14.
The first female rodeo clown is believed to be Tad Lucas, an American bronc rider who occasionally worked rodeos as a clown in addition to her regular appearances as a trick rider in the 30s and 40s.
Today are two types of clowns at a rodeo, according to Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo Manager Tricia Esdaile who is hard at work organising one of the biggest annual events in Outback Australia.
“There are the protection clowns, also known as the Bull Fighters and the comedy clown crowd-pleasers like The CrackUp Sisters,” said Tricia.
The CrackUp Sisters will alternate and also work with fellow comedy clown, Barry Lea during the three days of rodeo action.
Tricia said the current Australian Champion protection clown, Darryl Chong (one of the stars of the Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo’s television commercial) plus two additional protection clowns would be in the arena for competition time.
The CrackUp Sisters are excited to be heading to the Isa, according to S.T. Ruth. “We’re real chuffed to be coming to the Mount Isa Rodeo,” she said.
“We reckon the Mount Isa Rodeo arena is one heck of a venue. It allows everyone in the whole place to get a corker view of some of the best rodeo action around, in one of the most iconic Australian events, with some of the bestest looking rodeo entertainment in Australia.”
More than 26,000 people are expected to stream through the stadium gates for the 2011 Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo from August 12 to 14.
Preparations at the north-west Queensland city of Mount Isa are well underway for the rodeo spectacle, which brings not only the best rodeo competitors to town – as well as live entertainment, the QR Silver Spike competition, show rides and a Mardi Gras parade on Friday night.
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