Specialty Acts

roger-mooney-rodeo-announcerPro Rodeo Announcer


Pro Rodeo Announcer Roger Mooney returns for his 27th year at the 65th annual Mid-Western Rodeo

Known for calling the Manawa Rodeo the ”Rose Garden of Wisconsin,” Roger is a household name among rodeo fans.  Born and raised in Ellijay, Georgia, Mooney’s career began by accident in 1984 when in college, he stepped in for the scheduled rodeo announcer who had a heart attack. In short time, Mooney went from being a contestant to one of the best announcers on the circuit with announcing accolades that include 2-time NFR, 5-time Calgary Stampede, 5-time Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, 10-time High School Rodeo Finals and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.

Roger’s wife, Ashley, joins in the production side of the rodeo performance providing the music and setting the atmosphere for “the greatest show on dirt”. When not rodeoing, Mooney can be found in the recording studio making radio and TV commercials, raising registered Angus cattle or playing with his two kids, Cash and Morgan. You can also catch him on occasion on the Outdoor Channel and ESPN.


Professional Rodeo Clown

“Danger” Dave Whitmoyer

“Danger” Dave, the long haired, head bangin’, bull fightin’ professional rodeo entertainer will keep you ROCKIN’ in your seats. Dave Whitmoyer, from Helena, MT, has been entertaining crowds and fighting bulls since 2007 while he was still in school. Whitmoyer has worked the Canadian Pro Rodeo Circuit and in 2014 completed his first year as a PRCA Rodeo Clown and Specialty Act working 80 performances in 14 states. “Danger”, holds 2 business degrees and enjoys visiting elementary and middle schools, performing hands-on demonstrations with his equipment and giving informative talks on the importance of getting an education. Don’t miss a chance to see why he’s named “Danger” Dave as Whitmoyer takes Mid-Western rodeo fans to a new level of laughter with hilarious off-the-cuff jokes and zany comedy routines including a mini bull fight!


Specialty Act 

Jerry Thornton and Mr. Bojangles

 From rags to riches – meet Mr. Bojangles, a Hurricane Katrina survivor who will be one of our featured acts on this year’s entertainment lineup. Mr. Jerry Thornton rescued Mr. Bojangles and within just a short time knew he had something special. He is the “Star”at the Thornton farm. Get ready for an unforgettable show from this little horse. 


Rodeo City Riders Drill Team


They’re Loud – They’re Proud – They’re Genuine American Cowgirls!

In 1999, eight friends performed a short flag presentation routine at the Manawa Mid-Western Rodeo to the strains of The Stars and Stripes Forever and so the Rodeo City Riders Drill Team was born! Over the years, the group has brought improvements to all aspects of the drill team: length and complexity of the routine, more elaborate outfits for both horses and riders, and more performances and competitions every year. The team soon became well known for representing the Stars and Stripes.

The Rodeo City Riders Drill Team is honored to have a chance to give back to the American people, especially the ones who fight to keep our freedom, by giving spectators a show that won’t leave a dry eye in the stands! Designed to show off the power and speed of the horse, the talent of the cowgirl and give inspiration to all, the Rodeo City Riders leave you feeling as they do: Proud to be an American!


Pre-Rodeo Entertainment


The Pink Ribbon Rebels youth drill team will perform before each rodeo on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. For more information about the Pink Ribbon Rebels, please click here.