New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Youngsters paint the town in rodeo clown contest
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The first, second and third place winners of the Comal County Fair's Kids Rodeo Clown contest were Joshua Childers, Hayley Hull and Sam Jones.
Comal County Fair Association Rodeo Duchess Devin Felger, left, Queen Grace Jemela and Princess Carrie Poloson wave to the crowd from their horses during the Comal County Fair Parade Friday morning.
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Comal County Fair Association Duchess Alexis Perez, left, Queen Kourtney Koepp and Princess Abygail Knapp give a perfect parade wave.PARADE
CONTINUED FROM Page 1AEvacuees enjoy watching fair parade
Although sorry their trip was prompted by Hurricane Rita, Brandt was glad for any excuse to watch her niece, Allie Moore, get her first taste of small town life.
“This is the best of what we have to offer," she said. “Its traditional hometown fun. We wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Moore took in as much as she could but got hung up on one parade participant dressed up in a cow' costume.
“Bye. bye cow,’’ she said, waving as the two-legged cow skipped on down the street.
During the next two hours, the child was treated to original entertainment from just about every organized group in Comal County.
Little League teams rolled by on flatbed trailers, a contingent of antique tractors chugged past her, and she caught her first glimpse of Santa Claus dressed in New Braunfels Police Department blue.
Tile New Braunfels Utilities float was a big hit. Workers had created a trailer-sized replica of the Bandstand with mock power lines attached to two poles hanging over it.
Every time the float stopped, the men would use hand-held sticks to touch the lines and make sparks fly.
The procedure might not have looked safe, but the kids in the crowd loved it.
Sam Jones was a king among clowns Thursday night. Sam, with his rubber nose, tie-dyed shirt and mountain of colorful curls, was announced winner of the Comal County Fair rodeo clown contest.
Crowds of tiny clowns put on their war paint to fight for the title, but Raelene Davila, 6, said it takes more than grease paint to make it in the rodeo clown world. You’ve also got to know how to shake it.
"I’m used to performing for people,” she said, kicking up her cowboy boots in a little jig.
Hayley Hull, 4, and her 6-year-old sister, Makayla Hull, froze in their tracks when the dance portion of the competition began. Their mother, Crystal Ford, said they might need to work on their moves for next year.
“They just stood there,” she said. “They dance at home, but not here.”
Stage fright didn’t keep Hayley from winning second place, however.
She liked the trophy, but said she couldn’t wait to buy baby dolls and other goodies with her gift cer-
tificate to Toys ‘R Us.
“Can I go today?” she asked her mom.
Makayla, however, won first place two years ago and was disappointed that she didn’t get a trophy this year.
“I thought everyone was going to get one,” she said. “Maybe next year.”
Makayla said the contest was scary the first time, but got easier with experience.
Raelene Davila said she also plans to try the contest again next year. Her favorite
part was getting dressed up in a homemade costume and elaborate clown makeup.
“It took 30 minutes to put on,” she said. “I’m ready to take it off, it’s getting hot.”
Noah Gillis, 5, said being a rodeo clown is pretty cool for now, but he has his sights set on bigger things soon.
“If you’re a real rodeo clown you might get stabbed,” he said. “I want to be a bull rider.” Kelly Williams