It’s that time again, and I always enjoy this event—it’s the Annie Oakley Western Showcase. My good friend Gery Deer did a nice television spot for it on Living Dayton which can be seen below. I do get involved in a lot of things, I am a professional international manager, a writer, a political “strategist, a new gunfighter (my times are getting there), a big time family man, a videotographer at times, but more than anything I am a bullwhip artist and have spent the last 14 years with Gery Deer helping with the Annie Oakley Days in Greenville, Ohio. Here is a clip of my performance from 2014 at the Speed Switch competition.
Gery used some of my footage from a recent Western Showcase and the footage looked good spliced in with the live video. I mainly do the videotography stuff as a side passion—because I make a lot more money at other things. But I am proud to see some of those skills put to good use. I tend to get shots that nobody else does, because as an occasional Wild West performer, I know exactly where the knives, hatchets and whips will be, so I can stick my camera in those tough places. And that made the following clip a bit exceptional.
For those who would like to go, it’s this coming Saturday, 7/30, 2016. The whip contests are at 1 PM. Of course I’ll be there—I always am. It is something that I enjoy a lot and is always a reminder of what America is all about—and I love it. To find our arena, just listen for the whip cracks. You can’t miss it.
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