Rodeo clown JJ Harrison has held the “Northwest Clown of the Year” title for the past five years. At the Ellensberg Rodeo while demonstrating his trade, he used his teaching skills to promote Call 811!
JJ Harrison grew up in Okanogan, Wash., where his love for the rodeo began. He took his passion to college with him and joined the rodeo team as a bull and bronco rider at Washington State University. Harrison taught science and social studies at a Walla Walla middle school for eight years while working as a rodeo clown.
Since 1923, the Ellensberg Rodeo is held every Labor Day weekend. The Ellensburg Rodeo is also one of the “old rodeos” and has earned its place as one of America’s Top 10 professional rodeos.