Jeff "Slim" Garner returns with his wild, wacky specialty act for the 2005 Gary Hardt Memorial Spring PRCA Rodeo.
Garner has participated in Payson rodeos twice before with his specialty act and served as one of the all-important rodeo clowns.
He grew up on the edge of the Flint Hills under the skies of Kansas. The cowboy world has been a way of life in Garner's family for generations.
His father was known as "Dynamite" Garner and he clowned and fought the bulls for rodeos, too.
Garner said he started working rodeos at the age of 17 and has been in the business full-time for nine years.
"It's a life I love and I love to entertain the rodeo crowds," he said.
Garner has traveled throughout the United States, working from 30 to 40 rodeos every year.
"I'm known as one of the best family clowns in the U.S.," Garner said. "Parents don't need to worry about off-color behavior or language."
Among Garner's featured specialty acts are:
• "Cowboy Cadillac" -- a bucking truck;
- "Gone Fishin'" -- a high-speed fishing boat that really catches fish;
- "Barbecue Chicken" -- this is a hot one;
- "Space Cannon" -- low cost flights, but round trips are unavailable; and
- "Pete the Wonder Pigeon" -- the fastest pigeon in the world.
New this year is something Garner is calling the "Air Taxi Service," which is sure to be a hit.
Many of these acts were conceived and designed by Garner and require some very inventive engineering.
While the acts are only 5 to 10 minutes in length, the quality of the entertainment keeps people in their seats, said rodeo boss Bill Armstrong.
Garner is 32, currently single, and makes his home in Neodesha, Kan. when he is not traveling the country.