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Special guests to be part of the 2017 Lake Chelan Rodeo this weekend, August 4-5

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The Lake Chelan Rodeo on August 4-5 will feature special guests, Announcer Tucker Cool and Rodeo Clown and Barrelman Kyle Bode. (Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

Rodeo Announcer Tucker Cool

Tucker Cool’s rodeo announcing career started right here at the Lake Chelan Rodeo Arena. While he was still in high school, he announced the Chelan Jr. Rodeo, and now he is one of the most sought after voices in the Northwest rodeo industry. His quick wit, coupled with his cowboy knowledge from working both the roughstock and timed events of the arena, earned him a place in the Junior, High School, College, and now Professional ranks.  

“He has also been the “Man in the Can” working as a rodeo clown, and also serves on the Professional Western Rodeo Association Board of Directors, so he knows the rodeo business from top to bottom,” said Lake Chelan Rodeo Production Manager Rod Cool in a press release.

Tucker’s ties to Chelan and the Chelan FFA run a little deeper than just the floor of rodeo arena dirt. He served as the Chelan FFA President, District VII President and Washington State FFA President, was in three State Champion CDE Teams and is a life member of the Chelan FFA Alumni. 

He works full time in the agriculture industry as an Animal Nutritional Consultant for Cenex Harvest States and continues to work with FFA members around the Northwest as a livestock judge at fairs and putting on nutritional seminars. 

He now makes his home in Davenport, Washington raising roping calves on his ranch with his wife Haley and son Waylon. “We are proud to bring Tucker Cool back to his hometown, and know you’ll be entertained by his stories, and his own unique way of bringing rodeo to you,” Rod Cool said.

Rodeo Clown Kyle Bode

The Lake Chelan Rodeo would like you to meet Kyle Bode, Professional Bullfighter and Rodeo Clown.

Bode grew up in the small town of Quincy, Washington on a dairy farm. His father took him to a lot of rodeos when he was young, so Bode’s mother likes to blame his father for Bode’s career choice. “But the rodeo clown was naturally something that interested me the most, especially since I was a young, wide-eyed, goofy lookin’ kid!” Bode said.

After being involved in many other sports in high school, Bode said he was always being active. Bullfighting and entertainment were an instant attraction for him. Attending bullfighting and barrelman schools helped Bode get a jumpstart in his career.

Rodeo Clown and Barrelman Kyle Bode. (Photo courtesy of the Lake Chelan Rodeo)

“After winning Top Gun Bullfighter at a freestyle in Liberty, Texas and Bullfight Champion at Hitchcock, Texas, I knew I had the capability to be one of the best, so I set out to climb the mountain,” Bode said.

“One thing I really enjoy doing the most is building and creating new acts,” he continued. “I’m a prop guy. I really like using things to add to the humor, like a slapstick comedy with a new age twist. Packing the barrel during the bullriding is something I take a lot of pride in, helping out fellow bullfighters and bullriders is very rewarding. I also know how important it is to have a good ‘man in the can’ from my bullfighting.”

Rodeo has become a big part of Bode’s life, meeting new people, traveling and entertaining fans. “I can not wait for the road ahead!” he exclaimed. And we can’t wait to have Kyle Bode at the 2017 Lake Chelan Rodeo August 4th and 5th.

(By Rod Cool)

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