Bullfighters and Barrelmen

(Ron) One of the great summer traditions and fun things to do in the summer time in Kansas is rodeo. This salute is to bullfighters and barrelmen. When you go down to the rodeo, there’s folks you see as part of the show. They’re a vital part of the rodeo’s plan. I speak of the bullfighters and the barrelmen. They wear a painted smile and a floppy hat, suspenders and goofy pants with that. Their humor makes you smile. It’s not deadpan, those funny looking bullfighters and the barrelmen. But when it’s time for the roughstock events, it’s them down inside the arena fence. If a rider’s hung up or a cowboy’s in a jam, he’ll get saved by the bullfighters and the barrelmen. Those bullfighters put their lives on the line to buy a downed cowboy some precious time. They’re praised by the cowboys and loved by the fans, those professional bullfighters and the barrelmen. Comedian and athlete rolled into one, to help the cowboys as part of the fun. If they can’t dodge a bull, then no one can. I speak of the bullfighters and the barrelmen. So let’s salute this brave hero who displays his skills at the rodeo. Thanks for protecting cowboys since rodeo began. Those brave bullfighters and the barrelmen. Happy Trails.

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