Iowa Rodeo Clown, Wesley “Hippie” Engelkes is coming to Hawley, Minn. June 9-10, 2023. The hilarious entertainment and impromptu comedy make Hippie a crowd favorite. In his own words, “almost all of my comedy is improv, no two shows are the same,” he acknowledged.
The father of four is in show business and travels the world. His passport stamps include Australia and Saudi Arabia. Hippie entertained at The King Abdul-Aziz Festival for Camels in Saudi Arabia under royal patronage. Hippie is a regular entertainer with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) with three trips to Australia.
Hippie joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2008. “The PRCA has given me the opportunity to take my family from coast to coast, border to border, and around the world to entertain and bring joy to the greatest sports fans there are,” mentioned Engelkes.
Face paint is one of the trademarks of rodeo clowns. Each entertainer has their own unique application of grease paint with designs. “I get asked often why I have three crosses on my face when clowning,” stated Engelkes. “If it wasn’t for Jesus, I wouldn’t have the talents to entertain that I do.
Article written by Gretchen Kirchmann
Headshot by Britt Bailey and photo graphic submitted by Hippie.