Controversy over a rodeo clown who mocked President Barack Obama did not keep Governor Jay Nixon away from this yearâ??s Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair.
Plenty of other executive officials and lawmakers also attended the event this morning at the Sedalia fairgrounds despite some protest.
Earlier this week, many Missouri officials denounced a rodeo skit in which a clown wore an Obama mask while another person riled the crowd with statements suggesting the president could be run down by a bull. Nixon immediately addressed Saturdayâ??s incident saying he condemned the clownâ??s actions.
Nixon said, â??The rodeo act on Saturday was inappropriate and offensive. Iâ??ve been heartened by folks from all corners of our great state who have spoken out to condemn it.â??
Some legislators wanted Nixon to cancel this yearâ??s ham breakfast because of the clown controversy. Breakfast was served and a full house of more than 800 people took advantage of the social event.
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said, â??We dealt with the issue. It was an isolated incident. We dealt with it the way we thought we should at that point. Thatâ??s not what this fair is about. Itâ??s sad to say that it takes away from all of the great work that the kids are doing out here.â??
Many people at the fair thought the clown controversy was blown out of proportion.
State fair attendee Mae Ylagan said, â??Every president that we have ever had has always been made fun of in some way. They all took it in humor and the way it was meant.â??
White House officials still arenâ??t saying much about the rodeo clown incident. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he had no reaction from President Obama. Earnest said that personally, as a native Missourian, the clownâ??s actions were certainly not one of the finer moments in our state.
The Missouri State Fair continues through this Sunday.
Governor Jay Nixon addressed the recent rodeo clown controversy Thursday morning at the traditional Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
When the Governor spoke to those in attendance, he immediately addressed Saturday's incident saying he condemned the clown's actions. The Governor went on to say it was an "unfortunate" situation that should be put behind us.
The Governor then continued his speech in a different direction: highlighting Missouri's agriculture industry.
After the Ham Breakfast, the Governor toured the Agriculture Building and visited the State Fair Firehouse.
First Lady Georganne Nixon attended the awards ceremony for the First Ladyâ??s Pie Contest.
The Missouri State Fair continues through Sunday, August 18th.