Rodeo to include ‘Choot em’ star

Troy Landry from the History Channel’s hit show “Swamp People” will make a guest appearance “Meet and Greet” at the Great Falls Rescue Squad Rodeo this summer.

Landry is an American reality star and alligator hunter. A native of Louisiana, Landry grew up in the Atchafalaya Basin region of Louisiana in Pierre Parte. He is a member of the third generation of his family to live in the area and one of a group of local people who hunt American alligators.

In 2010, Landry and some of his co-workers became the subject of a History Channel docu-drama called “Swamp People.” The series has become immensely popular and as of February, has aired more than 75 episodes across five seasons. The show follows Landry and his sons, Jacob and Chase; as well as a number of other alligator hunters, during the 30-day hunting season.

The alligator hunters must catch and/or kill enough alligators during the month-long hunting season to support their families’ for the rest of the year, so competition is quite fierce. The multiple groups of hunters use various techniques that have been passed down for generations. The show regularly sets ratings records for the History Channel and has made stars out of the hunters featured on the program. Landry’s catch phrase “Choot em” has become popular on various types of Swamp People merchandise.

Landry will sign autographs and hold photo opportunities from 1 until 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21.

Pattie Wishert is in charge of entertainment/vendors/sponsors for the rodeo.