TEXARKANA, Ark. – The high-flying action of the 71st Four States Fair and Rodeo won’t be limited to the midway.
The exposition will be home to a world-class rodeo, featuring the top athletes in the game. That includes the great animals from Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo and the graceful – yet comedic – motorcycle antics of Troy Lerwill. It’s all set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16-Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Four States Fair Entertainment Center in Texarkana.
“Troy has never been in our area, and I think everyone will love him here,” said Lisa Barr, vice president of the fair and rodeo. “He will be the specialty act and our clown during the rodeo. We’re excited to have him.”
Lerwill is one of the most honored clowns in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, having been honored with the comedy act of the year six times.
“Troy is one of the funniest guys out there, not just in rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. “I try to get him as often as I can because he brings a whole new dimension to each show. He’s the best entertainer in rodeo because of how he handles the crowd.
“Then you add his motorcycle act into the mix, and it’s just over-the-top. Everybody wants to come back the next day just to see it again.
The motorcycle act involves Lerwill’s alter-ego, “The Wild Child,” who jumps a Bloomer trailer and a Ram pickup in a showcase of comedy mixed with athleticism.”
Carr knows quite about quality. Each of the past two seasons, he has been nominated as PRCA stock contractor of the year. Over that same time, he also has had more bucking horses and bulls selected to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than any other contractor.
“I think Pete Carr has a fabulous rodeo company, and everybody on his staff puts on a wonderful rodeo,” Barr said. “It’s professional, and the crew just works great with us.
“When they get to town, they take the pressure off us. You don’t have to worry about things or if everything’s in place. They take care of it all and produce an outstanding rodeo.”
That’s just one aspect of the Carr brand. The crew of professionals put a priority on top production for fans while having the type of animal athletes that are attractive to rodeo cowboys. That helps make the Four States Fair and Rodeo a vital stop for the top contestants in the game.
“Pete brings outstanding rodeo livestock to our rodeo year after year,” Barr said. “A lot of people don’t understand that the animals are as much of our rodeo as the cowboys and cowgirls.”
In addition to its traditional kids night on Wednesday, in which children get in free with an adult admission, the fair will feature a Colt Ford concert after Friday’s rodeo.
It’s a great way to celebrate family-friendly entertainment in Texarkana.