If you meet wild west showman Loop Rawlins, it’s immediately clear that Rawlins loves what he does for a living: entertaining and wowing crowds with his trick roping, gun twirling and whip cracking.
Rawlins, a Tucson, Ariz. native, will put on several 30-minutes shows at the 55th Annual Lone Star Fair and Expo this weekend at the Brownwood Coliseum.
Rawlins, of course, isn’t the only attraction. The fair and expo, hosted by the Brownwood Jaycees, will offer vendors, food, arts, crafts and family fun, and of course the educational shows by the Rattlesnake Corps — what to do if you encounter a rattlesnake in the wild, and other facts about rattlesnakes.
The Rattlesnake Corps is a group of Jaycees who are dedicated to teaching youth about deadly snakes in the wild.
Hours for the fair are:
• Friday, March 15 — 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Saturday, March 16 — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Sunday, March 17 — noon to 5 p.m.
Rawlins, a friendly and easy-going man, visited the Bulletin as part of a media tour Thursday and entered the building toting a coiled 16-foot cotton rope.
“I do trick roping, the whips and the gun spinning,” Rawlins said. “(Audiences are) going to be seeing a one-man wild west show.”
Rawlins said he is a performer who travels all over the country and sometimes overseas, displaying the skills that propelled him to a three-year run with Cirque du Soleil and to the quarter-finals of “America’s Got Talent.”
“This is just a unique skill that people don’t see very often, and I’m excited to share it with them here in Brownwood,” Rawlins said.
“The show is interactive and there are some volunteers, and there may be a couple of whip targets here and there. There are some fancy gunslinging tricks just like the movies, maybe even better. The show’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s live, and there are a bunch of other things happening, and of course there are the rattlesnakes.”
Rawlins said his showtimes this weekend are:
• Friday, March 15 — 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m.
• Saturday, March 16 — 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.
• Sunday, March 17 — 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
Rawlins said he’s been part of some short Western films and appeared as a double in the 2017 movie “Kingsman: the Golden Circle.”
“That was an amazing experience, to see my tricks on the big screen,” Rawlins said.
Rawlins, a family man with a wife and two children, is a first generation performer, born to a mother who is a physician and a father who is a professor of electrical engineering.
“And then I decided to do wild west performing,” Rawlins said. “It’s something I really enjoy, and I kept going with it, and good things happened.”
Rawlins said he has to practice to keep his skills up. “You want to make it entertaining for the audience,” Rawlins said. “You want to have fun and have the humor.” That’s an aspect he balances with the technical skills, Rawlins said.
“I have a good time,” Rawlins said. “People say it looks like I’m having a lot of fun. I think that rubs off on the crowd. I never feel like I’m working when I’m doing it, and at the end of the show, I get to hang out and meet some of the people, get some photo ops, spin the rope around kids.