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Buck Trout becomes ambassador for Panhandle South Plains Fair

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

One of the friendliest personalities at the Panhandle South Plains Fair drives a little truck with a speaker attached all across the grounds.

His name is Buck Trout, and he is actually not even human. He is a puppet.

"I don't even have to say anything, and they're laughing," Buck said. "It must be some crazy way that I look."

Buck is from Los Angeles, California, and he became a fair ambassador in 1995 by telling visitors about all the attractions as he cruises.

"Everywhere I go, I research and I find out what's going on in the area, and what's going on in the fair," he said.

This job has taken him to at least 50 cross country trips since then.

"You know, I've been to almost every state," he said. "many-a-many-a state fairs."

This year is Buck's second time at the Panhandle South Plains Fair.

"Ten years ago I was here, and I'm so excited to be back," he said.

At least five times a day, Buck takes the truck he invented cruising across the grounds as he interacts with visitors of all ages.

"I just love coming out here, talking to the people," he said. "They're a lot of fun."

His goal is to not only spread knowledge about the events, but bring a laugh out of just about anyone.

"I met a little handicap girl in a wheelchair, and I made her laugh," he said. "And that broke my little heart…and I tell you, ever since then, that has just inspired me on a daily basis to get out there and just make people laugh a little bit."

It is those moments he thinks about at the end of each long work day, that make him never want to retire.

"When you make people smile, you make them laugh…it makes you laugh as well," Buck said. "Makes you happy."

To chat with Buck at the Panhandle South Plains Fair, visit the fairgrounds Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. or on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

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