SILVERTON, Texas – Some people are always searching for that one thing that will make their lives complete.
That’s not Troy Lerwill, a Utah man who lives his life on the rodeo trail entertaining hundreds of thousands of fans a year. Lerwill gets to laugh and carouse and, what might be most impressive, is that he leaves them amazed at the end of the evening.
“It’s just one of those things that I found that I really enjoy doing,” said Lerwill, who married his passion for rodeo with his interest in motocross and created his alter ego, “The Wild Child,” a daredevil who does wonders on the back of a motorcycle.
Lerwill is one of the most sought-after specialty acts in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and he’ll be in the Texas Panhandle for the three performances of the Silverton’s Buck Wild Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18-Saturday, Aug. 20. It’s the second straight year Lerwill will bring his award-winning show to the Texas community.
“Silverton was a fun rodeo,” said Lerwill, a six-time PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, a two-time Coors Man in the Can and a three-time barrelman at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. I didn’t know what to expect since it was the first ProRodeo when we got there, but it was a really nice community, and there were really nice people there. It was a lot of fun. I hope it turns into a real big thing for their community.”
The rodeo has been around for 119 years, but 2011 is just the second year it’s been part of the PRCA, the premier sanctioning body in the sport. That’s just one of the pieces of the puzzle involved in making the Buck Wild Days Rodeo the biggest event in this part of the state.
“We’re pretty excited to have the best specialty act in the business coming to our rodeo,” said Ken Wood, chairman of Buck Wild Days Rodeo committee. “If people haven’t seen what Troy does in the arena, they’re going to be amazed.”
Lerwill has been around ProRodeo for 13 years and has proven himself time and time again. It’s a way he can share his talent for entertaining with his passion for motorcycles.
“My family was into rodeo, and I always enjoyed the bullfighting and clowns,” he said. “That’s how I was introduced to the business. I just found a niche in rodeo where it works really well. I enjoy the people, and it’s nice that it’s a family oriented sport.”
While he has fun at his job, it’s his professionalism that is a drawing card for producers.
“We want to bring the very best talent we can every night to every rodeo we produce,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo, the primary stock contractor in Silverton. “One of the keys to putting on great events is having a team of extremely talented individuals.”
Whether it’s his sense of humor or his daredevil nature on a motorcycle, Lerwill is definitely talented. Fans that get to see it not only are entertained, but also they are part of the package Lerwill presents.
“I really enjoy when I do my act and people get to take a break from the everyday bump and grind in life and smile a little bit,” he said. “When I put a smile on people’s faces, it makes me smile. That’s the funnest thing about it.”