Every May for the past eight years, rodeo clown Leon Coffee has been coming to Uvalde for the annual Cactus Jack Pro Bull Riding event, entertaining and captivating crowds with his exuberance and swift moves.
Catching up with Coffee on Thursday prior to the event kick-off, in an effort to learn more about the man who has become a loved figure in the Uvalde community, led to a varied, easy-going and touching discussion about the rodeo, Uvalde, and his outlook on life and living.
He is as animated outside of the ring as he is in, and he cozied into the interview in a down-to-earth fashion, wearing a Uvalde High School T-shirt and a big smile.
Interviewing Coffee with the determination of not asking mundane, commonly asked questions, about his injuries, bullfights or near death experiences, the discussion started with his perspective on the Uvalde community.
Earlier in the week, Coffee had spent his mornings and afternoons performing at the local schools, getting the youngsters excited for the rodeo.
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