Last Show for Rodeo Clown

SIBLEY, N.D. – Careers are hard to come by in the rodeo business, but one performer has decided to hang up his nose.

Randy “SlipKnot” Scheidler said backstage at the Dazey Sodbusters Stampede and Bull-A-Rama on Sunday the annual Labor Day celebration would be his last dance in the arena as a rodeo clown. The Cambridge, Minn., native and Sodbusters Stampede veteran said he’s been in the rodeo business for over 30 years.

“This is my retirement deal here, I’m done after this, this’ll be my last one. It was going to be this last weekend in Nimrod, Minnesota, I was just there for two days and had a pretty good retirement party, but this’ll be my last one. I’m going to find out what leisure is like.”

Scheidler said he began riding bareback for 11 years and spent 11 years “clowning” after that. He filled in for another clown who was injured and could not perform on Sunday.

“You never know if you’re going to get hurt or not. There’s a couple times this summer where I’ve had to go in and help the bullfighters out and had to take the bull away from somebody, but most the time I just worry about if the crowd likes me or if the crowd laughs,” he said.

Another notable moment at the Sibley event was the appearance of North Dakota State Senator Ryan Taylor, who is campaigning for Governor of North Dakota. Sodbuster Tony Heinze said Taylor is the first gubernatorial candidate to make an appearance at the Stampede, and it speaks a lot of the events popularity.

Wearing a green shirt, Wrangler jeans, brown boots and his trademark cowboy hat, Taylor said his opponent, Gov. Jack Dalrymple can easily outspend him, so his campaign has been focused on meeting with people individually.

“We’re just meeting people on the campaign trail and we knew there’d be a big crowd here in Sibley for the Bull-A-Rama,” Taylor said. “It’s just a chance to meet people and this is what North Dakota is all about.”