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2007 Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair


Western laughs

Cowboy Comedy team will be awandering the Fair

TULELAKE - If you like cowboys, the Wild West and comedy, then do we have a treat in store for you. Here comes the Fables of the West gang. The men who used to be known as the Wild West Express are back, with their own brand of cowboy comedy. They have a whole new act, called the 'Trail Of Tales' Tour. Their cowboy comedy team was often referred to as 'the little cowboys on the little horses.' They are well-known around the entire country as they've performed at over 318 fairs and events from Alaska to Florida to Texas to their home state of California. What is it these 'Fables' cowboys do, besides improvise comedy? Well if you've been to a fair in the U.S. in the last five years, you've most likely run across their path. "Its high energy and interactive, and we try to involve fair guests by literally making them the main focus of the show." The group is actually labeled as a 'strolling grounds act'- never really having a specific show time nor needing (or wanting) to be on a stage. "The stage is too far away from the crowd," Ken said. "I guess I should give some credit to the horses we ride. (Muppet-like miniatures), though they seem to sometimes steal our thunder." The show is always 100 percent G-rated, complete family entertainment. Even when the gang performs at a casino or an adults-only type venue, they still stick to their guns and keep it clean. The cast has been pared down to just a handful of cowboys, a far cry from the 20-plus cast members they had on the road in 2004. After experiencing the 'growing too fast' business syndrome, Ken and Eric Holmquist decided things would be much less stressful with a few less 'little' cowboys on the trail. "We have an absolute type of performer we look for, and there's just not that many that we've been able to find that can do this the way Eric, Bob, Steve Rothblum (as Rattlesnake Jake) and I do. Most fall by the wayside as they find out how hard we actually work. And then on top of that, to get riders that are both rough and edgy, and still lovable and funny, well that's a trick." Along with the four veteran cast members, Fables of the West will also have four-year member Terry Horton and a couple of cowboys that have performed on and off each year with Wild West Express, Scott Olynek, and Francisco Sanchez, backing them when needed. Ken's now 10-year old daughter Jessica, will also be performing with the act on a few select fairs in the summertime, as she has done since she was six years old. To round out their numbers, Ken is bringing back husband and wife performing team


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