Rodeo clown performs for 1st time since State Fair

Tuffy Gessling performs Friday night in Jefferson City

POSTED: 07:39 PM CDT Sep 13, 2013    UPDATED: 09:19 AM CDT Sep 15, 2013 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -

A rodeo clown has performed for the first time since a controversial State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Rodeo clown Tuffy Gessling hammed it up for the crowd during a pro bull riding event Friday in Jefferson County.

Beforehand, Gessling said everything has been very overwhelming and that he's surprised people took offense to the politically themed skit. It featured another clown wearing an Obama mask, while Gessling made comments — including "We're gonna stomp Obama" — to the crowd.

Gessling says the skit had been performed before, and that several past presidents' faces were placed in similar scenarios. Gessling had other shows scheduled between his State Fair and Jefferson City appearances, but they were canceled.