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Traveling Cowboy Monkey Rodeo arrives in Baseballtown

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 18 2014 04:42:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2014 05:49:14 PM CDT

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, an Internet sensation, is making a stop in Baseballtown.

READING, Pa. -

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, an Internet sensation, is making a stop in Baseballtown.

The creator, Tim Lepard, is a rodeo man from Mississippi with a dream.

"Growing up as a kid, I always wanted a monkey, always," said Lepard.

Thirty-five years ago, he put his mind to achieving his dream. He got a monkey and started incorporating it into his rodeo life.

"When I first started, I did not know what I was doing. The monkeys taught me," said Lepard.

Before long, he created the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, where monkeys ride border collies that herd sheep. It quickly became an Internet sensation.

"It was a real rush wave going on there and I thought, well I am just going to ride it and we are going to settle back down. It never settled down," said Lepard.

That is why the Fightin Phils were itching to bring him in to perform for fans in Berks County.

"It is probably the most unique thing we have brought out here," said Eric Scarcella, Fightin Phils public relations director.

Fightin Phils staff members are just looking forward to seeing the fans' reaction to the show.

"Whenever we do something, with be it the human cannonball or even with us the crazy hot dog vendor, people just rush out and they want more more more. So we are expecting the fans to be pretty positive about it," said Scarcella.

Aside from pure entertainment, Lepard hopes the crowd walks away with another message, always follow your dreams.

"I have been knocked down, pushed around and told I did not have the ability or the showmanship. Thirty-five years later, 13 world titles and hundreds of ball games, here we are," said Lepard.

The game is Wed., June 18 at 7 p.m.