2018 Specialty Act – Allan Dessel
Ever since he can remember, all Allan Dessel wanted to do in life was fight bulls. His dad was a professional bull fighter, so Allan grew up listening to his stories and looking at pictures. He was hooked.
Allan Dessel grew up in rural Cherokee County. Having grown up six miles from the Barnes PRCA rodeo ranch, he has known the Barnes family and rodeo his whole life. Allan started helping the Barnes family at their rough stock schools when he was 13. The Barnes Ranch was actually the first place he ever fought a bull, having learned the do’s and don’ts from his dad.
Allan got his first job at the age of 15 at a high school rodeo in Estherville from the Barnes Family. From there, he continued to make connections and worked on bull fighting. He was accepted into the PRCA the summer after he graduated from high school at the age of 18. He fought his first PRCA rodeo for the Barnes family one day after his 19th birthday in his hometown of Cherokee. In 2003 and 2004, he worked over 40 performances per year with the Barnes PRCA Rodeo Family in 9 states, from Nebraska to New Jersey. He ended his rookie year in the PRCA by working the Benny Binion Bucking Bull Sale at the NFR in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2003, he has been given the opportunity to work the Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Louisville in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
During the fall of 2006, he was urged to become a clown/barrelman by some of his fellow rodeo peers. He learned a lot about what it takes to be a good barrelman from PRCA barrelman and specialty act, John Harrison. In January, 2007, he worked his first rodeo as a barrelman. In the fall of 2008 he was approved for his PRCA clown/barrelman and specialty act card.
In May of 2017, Allan and his wife moved back to rural Northwest Iowa to raise their three kids, Gracie 7, Stran 4, and Trig 2. In January of 2018 he opened his own tax preparation office in Cherokee.
2018 Announcer – Davie Kimm
Davie Kimm is a Gold Card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Like many rodeo announcers, Davie’s love of rodeo began as a contestant when he joined the Minnesota High School Rodeo Association in the 1980’s. Working both ends of the arena roping calves and riding bareback and saddle bronc horses, he went on to qualify for the National High School Finals Rodeo and later on, the PRCA Great Lakes Circuit Finals 4 times in saddle bronc riding in 1987, ’88, ’89 and ’92.
Davie migrated to the announcer’s stand when he announced his first rodeo filling in for a no-show announcer. Since then, Davie has worked his way up working high school, college, and finally professional rodeos and bull ridings throughout the United States and Canada.
“Living out the dream of being a successful PRCA announcer has been a sensational journey for me, and without the help and advice from many people – including stock contractors, rodeo committees, specialty acts, clowns, fellow announcers and friends – this would never have become a reality.”
Davie is quick to admit that his wife Nicky (who handles rodeo music production and sound) is a big part of his continued success. The two of them travel together throughout much of the year.
His insight as a past contestant and his Midwest work ethic has helped Davie become one of the most exciting and sought after voices in the PRCA. He has been heard at such prestigious events as the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo, PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour, and his voice has been heard on ESPN, ESPN2. He worked along side ESPN sportscaster Jeff Medders during the 2010 Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD for the inaugural PRCA Extreme Bulls live webcast on ESPN360.
Davie has been recognized along with some of the industry’s elite by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association being named the 2016 W.P.R.A Announcer of the Year, and has been a Top 5 nominee twice for W.P.R.A. Announcer of the Year in 2009 and 2013.
2018 Rodeo Clown – Gizmo McCracken
Gizmo McCracken, the “2017 Comedy Act of the Year” has been entertaining crowds across the country for many years. He became a member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) in 1992. Since that time, the list of accomplishments has grown beyond belief. Working 15 PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeos, Dodge National Circuit Finals
Rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days twice, Nominated “Coors Man in the Can” 3 times, Nominated “Clown of the Year” in 2016, 2017 Comedy Act of the Year, Nominated for Comedy Act of the year 6 times, voted onto the short list for the Wrangler National Final Rodeo Barrel Man in 2017 and a feature act at the 2005 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Gizmo takes pride in the fact that his humor is good, clean, family style comedy. Gizmo travels the country from Canada to Texas, from the East Coast to the West Coast, logging thousands of miles a year through dozens of states.
Gizmo started his career as a bullfighter and moved into stand-up comedy on a show in Branson, MO. Gadgets and gizmos that went sour were often part of his routine, hence the name “Gizmo, the World’s Greatest Inventor.”
“A lot of Clowns and Specialty Acts sell themselves with a bucking car or a dancing horse,” said Gizmo, “I supply a Character.” And that is just what Gizmo is.
The acts share a high energy, clean, family-oriented feel which adds a fresh new atmosphere to any rodeo he is a part of. Gizmo is the Best Comedy Entertainer that this port has to offer.