HATTIESBURG - Four-time
Pro-Rodeo Clown of the Year Lecile Harris is set to perform at the
20th annual Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo on Friday and
Saturday, Jan. 21-22, at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County
Multi Purpose Center.
Like many rodeo clowns, Harris got his start
in the business at a rodeo when the bullfighter failed to show.
During his early years, Harris developed moves, methods and the
business of studying a fighting bull's habits when the sport was
still in its infancy. Some of his wrecks and antics have become
Rodeo isn't the only arena that Harris has used
to showcase his talents. In the 1950s and '60s, he was a session
drummer at the now famous Memphis Sun and Hi Studios, playing on
many hits of the era. He landed a regular role in the early years
of the TV series "Hee Haw," where he remained for over
five years. He also had parts in the movies Walking Tall: The Final
Chapter, The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, and W.W. and the
Dixie Dance Kings, as well as other movies and television shows.
Considered by his peers, rodeo producers, cowboys
and fans as the best in the business, Harris currently works over
125 performances a year, including some of the biggest rodeos in
the world. For over 50 years, his bullfighting and comedic ability
have saved numerous cowboys from injury and brought smiles and laughter
to millions of people.
All tickets for the rodeo are $10 and are available
at the Payne Center on the Southern Miss campus, the multi purpose
center, and T.J.'s Western Ware on U.S. Highway 49 in Hattiesburg.