Rodeo Announcer: Boyd Polhamus
We are proud to welcome back to our rodeo the 2007, 2008 and the 2009 Rodeo Announcer of the Year – Boyd Polhamus!
Twenty years ago, Boyd Polhamus announced a College Rodeo in Uvalde, Texas. He got the gig by pretending to be a rodeo announcer in his college’s practice arena at the same time he was competing as a cowboy. The pretending ended in October of 1985; and a career was born.
No one, not even Polhamus, could have imagined what the next two decades would bring. His resume now includes nine stints as an announcer at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Only Hall of Famers’ Cy Tallion and Bob Tallman have been selected that many times. He’s been selected twice to work the Dodge National Circuit Finals in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition, he’s announced the Montana, Turquoise, Badlands, and Southeastern Circuit Finals, as well as the Texas Circuit Finals ten different times.
In 2000, and again in 2003, he was honored as the WPRA Announcer of the Year, and he’s been a Top Five Finalist for the same honor in the PRCA on eleven different occasions.
In 2004, Polhamus announced eleven of the top 30 rodeos in the country and featured an itinerary that took him coast-to-coast and border to border; from San Francisio, CA to New York, NY; and from Del Rio, TX to Minot, ND. He also recorded hundreds of commercials in his home studio in Brenham, TX.
"Better than I deserve…" is Polhamus’ most common response to the question "How are you?" He says that comment most accurately describes both his professional and family life. His career demands nearly 300 travel days per year, and his wife, Sandee, is both his best friend and best advisor.
"There’s too much in my life that is right, that I have no control over, so it’s got to be God," Polhamus said. "Everything good that’s happened in my life can be traced back to a friend or family member who went out of their way to help me. Well, you don’t buy your friends at a department store; God puts them in your life. I can only hope I’ve treated them as well as they’ve treated me."
On those rare occasions when he can be found at home, Polhamus enjoys Team Roping, The Green Bay Packers, and working with his cattle on the Band-Aid Ranch in Brenham, TX.
Lecile Harris - Rodeo Clown
As a rodeo clown, Lecile Harris seems to have been blessed with all the essential parts. His walk, talk and actions seem to effuse comedy. He is tall, thin, gangly and awkward looking, yet athletic even for his age. Enormously creative and spontaneous, his arena character and antics combine a blend of magic, slapstick, and stand-up comedy in a curious way that leaves his audiences wanting more. Lecile Harris is one of those people that command attention whether he is entering the arena in costume or just entering a room. Four times named Pro-Rodeo's "Clown of the Year", Lecile is well at home in the rodeo arena. Considered by his peers, rodeo producers, cowboys and fans alike as the very best in the business, he is in big demand working over 150 performances a year including many of the biggest rodeos in the world.
Stock Contractor: Cervi Rodeo Company
Prior to the Grand Entry Dayton Rodeo’s Serpentine Riders will entertain the audience with their precision horsemanship. This year’s Serpentine Riders are choreographed and coached by Amanda Anderson, Lynne Heckman, and Michelle Spillman. Each of the Serpentine Riders is a member of the Dayton Wranglers Saddle Club. They are chosen through a tryout process beginning in early summer. Their commitment to precision timing and intricate maneuvers take hours of practice to perfect. The Serpentine Riders are also ambassadors for the rodeo, participating in events and signing autographs at the Rodeo Kids Corral beginning 2 hours before each performance lasting for 1 hour - then they will prepare for the performance!
Miss Rodeo Iowa ~ Logan Kinyon ~ Miss Rodeo Iowa 2017
"Miss Rodeo Iowa is the ideal Western American young woman. She wishes to further promote the sport of Rodeo. While representing Iowa during her reign, her travels will take her to all areas of the state and to many other states as well. She will be working hard to promote the state's Western way of life. At the end of her reign, she will have the opportunity to represent Iowa in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada."
- Miss Rodeo Iowa website.