JJ Harrison grew up in Okanogan, Washington and began his involvement in rodeo in high school. He will be the clown and barrelman at That Famous Preston Night Rodeo this year.
In college he joined the rodeo team as a bull and bronco rider at Washington State University. “I gradually realized that I was a wimp and I migrated to team roping.” Harrison said. “I had a lot of fun and success roping over the years, but it wasn’t a career I could have.”