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That State Fair rodeo clown rises to perform again

Updated: 2013-09-05T14:59:30Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

You haven’t forgotten Tuffy Gessling, have you?

The rodeo clown who stirred up a national controversy with his antics at the Missouri State Fair will perform again in Missouri Sept. 13 and 14 in Jefferson City, the News-Tribune reports.

Gessling got in hot water after he donned a mask of President Barack Obama. He’s been banned from the State Fair — for life.

A group called Amped Up Productions is sponsoring the upcoming Jefferson City event. Its owner, Isaiah Dunn, defended Gessling, saying the routine mocking presidents is “probably one of the oldest rodeo acts,” and is simply meant to be entertaining, not offensive.

“I’ve known Tuffy for 15 to 20 years and without a doubt, he is not a racist,” Dunn said. “He’s just a real genuine down-to-Earth nice guy.”

He said, like usual, Tuffy will sign autographs along with all the other performers after the Friday and Saturday events.

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