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Green Hat clown Austin Singley comes to Kootenai River Stampede

by The Western News
| July 9, 2024 7:00 AM

Organizers are feverishly preparing for the 20th annual Kootenai River Stampede PRCA Rodeo later this month.

The event, set for Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, will feature the Green Hat Clown, Austin Singley. He performed in his own venue prior to the Covid epidemic effectively shutting the country down. 

In the Libby arena at J. Neils Memorial Park, Singley will wear many green hats, filling the role of clown, barrelman and as the featured act.

Singley is an award winning rodeo clown, entertainer and stuntman out of Clearfield, Utah. His true love for performing and making people laugh began in junior high school theater class. Since then, he has built an incredible career around his passion. 

Inspired by decorated rodeo clown and Coors Man in the Can Keith Isley, Singley began his journey to becoming a professional in the summer of 2009. Over the last 12 years he has criss-crossed the country entertaining tens of thousands of rodeo fans, working diligently to create the most unique and innovative clown/specialty acts and quickly building his popular and trademarked brand as the Green Hat Clown. 

Singley's journey in the PRCA began in 2015, where he now proudly works for some of the best rodeo producers in the industry and gets to share the stage with some of his heroes, including two-time National Finals Rodeo announcer Roger Mooney and 11-time Professional Bull Riders Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger. 

Singley has three horses he takes on the road with him: Bandit, his black Azteca gelding trick riding horse and his brand new matching set of Clydesdale geldings out of the Budweiser bloodline, Wilson and Windsor; who are his trusty Roman riding team.

Though rodeo has become his top priority, most people would be surprised to learn just how many irons in the fire Singley has. In 2010, he founded his first business, BATZ Entertainment LLC, where he is the Executive Artistic Director and oversees the design and production of live shows and events. In 2016, he took his talents to Los Angeles, when he landed his dream job as a jet skier and stuntman in the internationally acclaimed WaterWorld Stunt Show at Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to that, he has made several appearances in movies, commercials and television shows; including the hit TV Show, Yellowstone.

In 2017, Singley headed to the Midwest to work for Dolly Parton at the Dixie Stampede Dinner Show in Branson, Missouri. He alternated between performing as the master of ceremonies and the comedian. After leaving the Stampede in early 2018, Singley later returned to Branson in 2019, this time with his entire production company, and opened a theater on the Branson Strip, where he headlined his own show, titled 'Comedy Hypnosis with Austin Singley.'

By the time Covid struck in 2020 and forced the closure of Branson tourism, Singley performed a total of 500 shows for 250,000 guests and hypnotized nearly 15,000 people.

Singley has since returned to the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah, where he spends his time working horses and traveling the country doing rodeo full time. In his limited down time however, he can be found building custom homes as a general contractor for his own firm or taking his comedy show on tour.  See Singley’s adventures on Instagram @GreenHatClown.

Stock contractor Jon Kmita of the Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corporation headquartered in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, returns with his broncs and bulls to provide rodeo action in the arena.  

Events include rodeo classics such as bareback, saddle bronc, bulls coming out of the bucking chutes. On the south side of the arena, the timed events of tiedown calf roping, steer wrestling and team roping are staged.  

Women’s events feature ladies barrel racing and breakaway roping. Kids can look forward to their ever popular events - the Friday night boot race and calf ribbon race for the older contestants on Saturday night.

Tickets for the 20th annual Kootenai River Stampede PRCA Rodeo are currently on sale.

Presale tickets are $18 for adults while those tickets will be $21 at the gate. Military veterans, seniors (age 60 and over) and students (age 7-15) can purchase tickets for the presale price of $13 or at the gate for only $15.

Kids 6 and under are admitted free - as always.

Tickets are available at the Libby Area Chamber, Timberline Auto Center, Homesteaders Farm & Ranch Supply, The Printing Press and High Spirits Liquor. In Troy, tickets can be obtained at The Silver Spur Restaurant.  

For computer savvy folk, tickets are available online as well at www.rodeoticket.com.