2019 Specialty Act – Dusti Dickerson
Dusti Crain Dickerson grew up in a rodeo family. Her father, Ronnie Crain, and uncle Kevin Crain, began putting on rodeos when Dusti was 3 years old. She carried the American flag and competed as a barrel racer. She saw trick riding for the first time during a family vacation at a dinner show and told her dad that that was what she would do one day.
At 11 years of age, Dusti performed her first trick riding act in a rodeo and never looked back. She has performed in over 30 states and is best known for her unique way of Roman riding.
Dusti Roman rides atop fast running horses bareback and bare foot, her speed and control is a crowd favorite. She travels with a black and white team named Valor and Royal, a blue roan team named Rummy and Blue, and her trick riding horses Dash and Doc.
Elaborate costumes, beautiful, fast horses, plenty of fire and excitement and always a big smile, Dusti Crain Dickerson will always give 110% and leave rodeo fans entertained!
2019 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.
2019 Rodeo Clown – Trent McFarland
Trent McFarland is a professional rodeo entertainer and barrel man, commonly known as a rodeo clown. He has over 21 years of experience at entertaining crowds with his quick wit, crowd interaction and high energy.
McFarland was fortunate to be raised in a clown family. As a second generation clown, he grew up making people laugh! He provides a style of in your face comedy that will leave you wanting more. You can often find him along the fence or in the crowd during the performance.
Justin Elliott Band
The Cherokee Rodeo is partnering with the Little Sioux Event Center to host live music on Friday, May 31. Doors open at 7:30 PM for those of you not attending the rodeo on Friday. Sierra Griggs will open from 8-9 and the Justin Elliott Band will perform from 9-12!!!! Tickets at the door are $5. If show your Cherokee Rodeo ticket you get in for free!!
Proud of their Boone Iowa roots, the Justin Elliott Band is the result of the unexpected friendship of 5 guys brought together by their love of music. Ultimately, their collective sound can best be described as Southern Rock with a Country blend. They play a high-energy mix of original hits and cover songs including influences from Blackberry Smoke, Lynyrd Skynard, Johnny Cash, and Jon Pardi.
Justin Elliott, who started singing, playing guitar, and writing music at the age of 13, is the founder of the band. His best known original hits (79 Chevy, You and Me, Me and My Dad, and Cooler) are influenced by his everyday life in the heart of Iowa.
Changing lineup recently in 2018, JEB has grown from a small acoustic band, to a full five-piece rock/country band and have seen a good deal of momentum in the local music scene. In the short time in their current lineup they have had the opportunity to open at seven-flags event center, Wooly’s, and the state fair.
The members who form the Justin Elliott Band are Justin Elliott (lead vocals, guitar), Derek Hahn (drums, jaw harp), Corwin Colebrooke (bass guitar), Corey Foltz (electric guitar, backing vocals), Paul Carlson (lead electric guitar) and Nikki Elliott (band manager, booking.)