Keith Isley is one of the most decorated clowns in rodeo.
Now Isley will bring his brand of funny to the Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for Oct. 17-19 at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan.
“I thoroughly enjoy watching people have a good time and enjoy what I do or what I say,” said Isley, 55, now in his 20th year in ProRodeo. “Just seeing people enjoy it and have a good time. Sometimes later in the year, you’ll get home and have some letters for you and have some pictures of you that kids have drawn.
“It’s the little things that really make me feel like I’m accomplishing something.”
He has accomplished much. He’s been named the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Clown of the Year six times, the Coors Man in the Can five times, the PRCA Comedy Act of the Year five times and PRCA Specialty Act of the Year three times. For three straight years, from 2009-11, he won the funnyman’s trifecta: Clown of the Year, Coors Man in the Can and Comedy Act of the Year.
Those are just a few pieces of the puzzle that makes Isley such a commodity. In addition to being one of the best funny men in the business, he also has some of the top acts in rodeo. He’ll bring it all with him when he arrives at the southern Oklahoma.
“I enjoy what I do, and it’s a lot of fun when you’ve got a good crowd and a good announcer,” Isley said, noting that while in Duncan, he will work with Scott Grover, who is calling the action at the Prairie Circuit finals for the sixth time. “When you see people with smiles on their faces, and then people come up to you and appreciate what you do, that makes what we do a lot more worthwhile.”
Isley sees a lot of smiles and has for much of his professional life. Though he was considered a class clown, being a comedian didn’t come easily.
“Oh, it was natural if I knew you, but if I didn’t know you, it was really hard,” he said. “When I started the comedy, that was really hard for me to get used to because I didn’t know those people watching me.”
He has since overcome his stage fright to become one of the most sought-after entertainers in the game. There’s good reason for it, too. Part of a good clown’s job is to fill any down time that could some during the event. If there’s a pause in the action, Isley knows it’s his turn to step up to the plate.
“I like to play on the crowd,” he said. “I like to have fun with people that like to have fun.”
It works, but Isley has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. He loves working with animals and allowing them to steal the show. When it’s all put together, it’s an award-winning showcase that reaches so many people.
“I’ve undoubtedly been the most blessed man who’s ever bought a PRCA membership,” he said.
The fans are pretty blessed, too.
Keith Isley is one of the most decorated clowns in rodeo.
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Duncan students set on inclement weather time
So far, Duncan students won’t have to make up any school days missed because of inclement weather.
For several years, the Duncan School District has based its calendar on an hourly schedule instead of a set number of days. This means the school district has to have 1,080 hours of instructional time, as opposed to make sure students are in class 175 days each school year.
“We go more than 1,080 hours,” Labyer said. “As long as we have 1,080 hours, the schools don’t have to make those days up.”
Duncan area Realtors honored at luncheon
Duncan Association of Realtors celebrated those who have made 2013 Christmas Luncheon, including a father and son duo.
Grant Perkins had the pleasure of passing the presidential gavel to his father Keith Perkins this year. Both men also received prestigious awards during the annual event Wednesday afternoon at First Christian Church.
Grant was named the 2013 Realtor of the Year. A Duncan native, Grant is the third generation of Perkins to work for Perkins Insurance and Realty.
Velma’s holiday activities rescheduled
When a winter storm blew in last week it caused several area events to be canceled and rescheduled, including Velma’s Christmas Parade.
After City of Velma officials met Tuesday, they decided to reschedule most of the town’s holiday activities. The Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 on Main Street, with lineup beginning at 10 a.m. at the east of town near the E&S Feed Store.
DMS to establish sixth-grade athletics program
In an effort to instill more school spirit in its sixth-graders, Duncan Middle School is working to establish a sixth-grade athletics program.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Duncan Board of Education, Rodney Calhoun, Duncan Public Schools assistant superintendent, talked to board members about the program and the goals associated with sixth-grade athletics. Calhoun said the biggest expense schools accrue while establishing a sixth-grade program is the cost of equipment. He said the Duncan Middle School has plenty of excess equipment to be used for the sixth-grade program.
“Last week, Ponca City launched a sixth-grade program,” Calhoun said. “They spent $200,000 on equipment.”
Deadline Friday for Santa letters
The deadline for getting letters in Santa’s Mailbox, a partnership between the Jolly ‘ol Man and The Duncan Banner, is 5 p.m. Friday.
Saturday to offer plenty of holiday celebrations
If you are still recovering from cabin fever, Saturday is the perfect cure with several events to keep your family busy all day long.
Starting the day off right is Boy Scout Troop 4434’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Freshly made pancakes, bacon, sausage and refreshments are all part of what a ticket will get you at this tasty event.
City tackles winter weather
Throughout the recent cold front and accompanying precipitation, the City of Duncan has worked to make streets driveable and to repair leaking water mains.
Scott Vaughn, Duncan Public Works director, said Street and Water departments have been busy throughout the city as a result of colder temperatures, and recent snowfall and freezing rain.
School board discusses DHS safe room project
Duncan Public Schools is considering a bond issue for as early as 2014, to construct a safe room/ art building on the Duncan High School campus.
During Tuesday’s regular meeting, members of the Duncan Board of Education approved hiring PBK Architect for design and development, and CMS Willowbrook as construction manager for the project, pending passage of a bond issue next year.
Reception honors Hospice patients
More than 100 spots on the Tree of Remembrance had been purchased by Tuesday night, when the annual reception for the fundraiser was held.
Proceeds go to help pay for care terminal patients and their families receive from Chisholm Trail Hospice.
Daddy Daughter Dance set for Friday
There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the 3rd annual Daddy Daughter Dance.
Tickets are limited to only 100 couples and 25 additional daughters to avoid overcrowding for the event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center. The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Simmons Center.
“We’ve sold 75 couples and 16 additional daughters,” said Stephanie Sullivan, event coordinator, on Tuesday morning.
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