Three longtime Clovis Rodeo volunteers named grand marshals

“Cowboy” hat’s off to three longtime Clovis Rodeo volunteers.

Jim Call, Orville Hefley and Bob Kennedy have been named grand marshals of this year’s Clovis Rodeo, the Clovis Rodeo Association’s top honor awarded to devoted volunteers. The three men will lead the annual rodeo parade through the streets of downtown Clovis on April 25, and each will receive an honorary cowboy hat and belt buckle.

They’ve all had long careers outside of the rodeo — Hefley at Pacific Bell Telephone Company, now known as AT&T, Kennedy at Kinder Morgan energy infrastructure company, and Call as a heavy equipment operator.

But the three have long found time to help out behind the scenes. Call was first introduced in the late 1950s to the rodeo, where he later met Hefley and Kennedy. The men are often seen at the west end of the arena, welcoming fans and chatting with competitors.

In a statement from the association, Call said he “just enjoys going over there and working” at the rodeo.

The Clovis Rodeo is celebrating its 101st year this month. The event at the Clovis Rodeo Grounds runs April 23-26.