LOGAN – At 70 years-old, Garland’s Randee Munns, an award-winning rodeo clown, is returning to the Cache County Rodeo on August 8-10 at the Cache County Fairgrounds.
Having Munns back to the Cache County Rodeo is like having an old friend over for dinner.
Munns is one of the older and more experienced barrelmen in the rodeo business and he is from right here in this area.
“People may think you have to go far away to get some someone good,” said Lamont Poulsen, Cache County Rodeo Committee Chairman. “As far as I’m concerned, he is as good as there is and one of the best in the business.”
Munns said it’s not like he’s sitting around waiting for a call, he’s a busy guy. He just got back from Washington and Oregon. He has rodeos that have him return year after year. He does over 60 acts a year.
“For the general public, he is a popular act,” Poulson said. “The kids love him, my grandkids want to know when he is going to be at the Cache County Rodeo.”
The rodeo chairman said he knows when Munns goes to St. George, he goes into the schools and gets involved with students. He is also heavily involved in the eyeglass collection project through Lions Club International.
Munns has competed in rodeo as a steer wrestler, so he knows the game.
“I’m excited to have him back,” Poulsen said. “He clicks really good with our crowd.”
Poulson said Munns is the only act he knows that when his act blows up in his face, he can still pull it off and make people laugh.
“I know he is very excited to be back in Logan,” he said. “It wasn’t just me, it was a joint committee decision.”
The Bear River High School and Weber State graduate started bullfighting in 1969 and stopped at 53 years-old.
“I enjoy rodeos, it makes my motor run,” Munns said. “I’ve been doing it for over 51 years.”
These days, he stays in the barrel and performs as a jokester.
Munns still gets a kick out of making people laugh. What was once a one-man job has changed; the job is split between two separate people. The rodeo hires bullfighters who protect the riders from the bull, and entertainers – a barrel man and a clown – who provide comic humor.
He has been clowning and knocked around in a barrel since 1969. When the clown didn’t show up to a rodeo, he was asked to fill in.
“Oh hell, you have to be funny to make money at this,” he said. “There are lot of places I’ve been in my years as a barrelman.”
Munns is also a welding professor at Bridgerland Technology College, and as rodeo entertainer he involves his students in his different clown acts.
“My students and I have made a lot of fun clown acts over the years,” Munns said. “You have to change every year when you go back to the same location.”
This year, he has an Uber cowboy taxi pulled by small ponies.
“I’ve got the t-shirt cannon, frisbees and a lot of fun things for kids. Most of the stuff has Bridgerland Technology printed on them,” he said. “I do recruiting for Bridgerland. I tell them our welding program is affordable, and I get a lot of out of state folks coming to get hands-on skills.”
Munns also goes into the schools and talks about alternative education possibilities using a power point presentation. As a Certified Welding Inspector, he carries some weight when it comes to welding education.
“I want to invite everyone to come to the Cache County Fair and see what I am going to do,” he said. “You will have a good time and hopefully laugh a lot.”