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Community Spotlight: The man behind the rodeo voice

By KASSIE KORICH

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Don Frazier is not only one of the volunteers behind the Thunderbird Pro Rodeo, he’s also the voice.

Frazier announces a variety of local Western events, but the Thunderbird Pro Rodeo, benefiting Corey’s Day on the Farm and the Northwest Burn Foundation, is near and dear to his heart. Each year, the event goes off without a hitch, thanks to Frazier and his fellow volunteers. And when he’s not announcing, he’s keeping busy in the community with a variety of organizations including the Stampede Wranglers and the Dance for a Wish committee.

We caught up with the rodeo man to find out what he’s all about.

Question: How did you get into the rodeo scene?

Answer: I started off announcing horse shows then the folks from the Corey family asked me to announce junior rodeos and it went off from there.

Q: Have you ever participated in rodeos?

A: No, I grew up around it but I couldn’t rope good enough so I never participated.

Q: What’s your favorite line to say when announcing?

A: “Let’s Rodeo!”

Q: Do you ever get nervous?

A: It depends on the venue, if it’s a big one, a little bit, but I think I’m past that now.

Q: How long have you been announcing?

A: I’ve been announcing at rodeos for 15 years. But I also announce all kinds of Western events, ropings, barrel racing and team penning.

Q: What is your favorite type of music?

A: I like ’60s and ’70s rock and also country.

Q: Do you have a favorite hobby?

A: Probably rodeo

Q: What do you like best about Silverdale?

A: You kind of got city amenities, but you also have that small town attitude. The local folks are great, they got big hearts.

Q: Who would play you in a movie of your life and why?

A: Tom Selleck would be a good one, but he’s a lot taller than me.

Q: What would you say to people who think animals are treated inhumanely at rodeos?

A: I’ve been around rodeos for a long time and I’ve never seen that. We hurt a lot more cowboys than we do animals, a lot more.

Q: What is your first memory of Silverdale?

A: We came up here to buy lumber and the guy treated us real nice. We were building a house in Port Orchard.

Q: What is one thing you want to try in your life?

A: I’d like to take a few laps in a NASCAR car of tomorrow.

Q: Family, kids?

A: I have a lovely wife, Vicki, and a son Curt, 24, and a daughter, Taryn, 30.

Q: What local cause is closet to your heart?

A: Corey’s Day on the Farm. Colen Corey and I originally produced Thunderbird Pro Rodeo which takes place in June. It benefits Corey’s Day on the Farm and the Northwest Burn Foundation. It’s near and dear to my heart. It’s about kids and that’s what I’m about.

Q: If you could change one thing about Silverdale, what would it be and why?

A: To have a local government that’s a little more respective about individual property rights.

Q: What’s the worst rodeo wreck you’ve seen?

A: I’ve seen quite a few. The worse, though, was bareback riding at the Kitsap Stampede a few years back and the cowboy broke his leg. It took him out of the NFR (National Finals Rodeo) that year.

Q: What was the worst job you’ve ever had?

A: Cleaning up those wet stalls. It does not smell good.

Q: Are you for or against Silverdale Incorporation?

A: Adding another level of government is a real inefficient way to get things done.

Q: What’s your favorite rodeo event to watch?

A: In the pro rodeo, I really like steer wrestling. In junior rodeo, I really like goat tying.

Q: What has been your most memorable vacation spot?

A: Disneyland when my wife and I went down there. We had a great time.

Q: Do you have a favorite meal?

A: Barbecue ribs

Q: What is it that makes Kitsap a good rodeo community?

A: There’s an extended rodeo family on the west side of Puget Sound. A lot of people who compete in rodeo are folks we know and the community really supports the rodeo and junior rodeo.

Q: Where else have you lived?

A: Paso Robles (Calif.), I went to high school there and I lived in Seattle while I was going to broadcast school. I live in Key Center now.

Q: Who has made the biggest impression on your life?

A: My father. My father was very active in Paso Robles, in the community. He’s a Iwo Jima veteran. He was a community leader. He taught me that community involvement was important.

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