Specialty Acts

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 

Dusti Crain-Dickerson

Trick Rider Dusti Dickerson brings beautiful fast horses, elaborate costumes and plenty of fire and excitement to the Mid-Western Rodeo. Dusti grew up in a rodeo family. Her father Ronnie Crain and uncle Kevin Crain began putting on rodeos when Dusti was 3 years old, where she carried the American flag and competed as a barrel racer. She saw trick riding for the first time during a family vacation at a dinner show and told her dad that was what she would do one day. At 11 years of age Dusti performed her first trick riding act in a rodeo and never looked back. She has performed in over 30 states and is best know for her unique way of Roman riding. Dusti roman rides atop fast running horses bareback and barefoot, her speed and control is a crowd favorite. She travels with a black and white team named Rummy and Blue, and her trick riding horses Dash and Doc.


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! The Rodeo City Riders will perform at the Thursday and Friday night performances. 


Pre-Rodeo Entertainment


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