The Scoop on The Wacky Wheeler
One could guess Rob Summerbell was in for a long life of acrobatic lunacy when as a young man, year after year in the Fourth of July parade in his hometown, he and his skateboard team would get cajoled into doing handstands the entire 2-mile length of the parade. They would inevitably end up with heat stroke, thus swearing it off, only to repeat the same ordeal the following year.
He spent years frightening the parents with upside-down loopty-loops on the skateboard, and roller blade racing (you really can go 40 m.p.h. on roller blades!). Ever diverse, he then added a 10-year stint of trapeze performing, choreographing, and teaching for the Madison-based Cycropia Aerial Dance Troupe.
As an 8-year veteran of The Jolly Giants Performance Troupe, he can count Trapeze Ice Skating (“flying on ice” as we call it) and wheeling his Wacky Wheel in the National Cherry Blossom Parade, right past the White House, among his many feats.
- June 1977-Present: Skate Punk
- January 1989-Present: Trapeze Artist, Cycropia Aerial Dance Troupe/Jolly Giants
- May 1995-Present: Stilt Walker
- June 1998-Present: The World’s Only Wacky Wheeler
Performed over 1,000 parades, shows, and events including these highlights:
- Wisconsin State Fair 2001-Present: daily parade and grounds performer
- Minnesota State Fair 2003-Present:daily parade
- Indy 500 Parade, Indianapolis Indiana 2005
- Ozark Empire Fair Grounds, Missouri 2005 daily parade and grounds performer
- National Cherry Blossom Parade, Washington D.C. 2005
- Star City Holiday Parade, Lincoln, Nebraska 2004
- South Side St Patrick’s Day Parade, South Side Chicago Illinois 2003-2005
- Downtown Chicago St Patrick’s Day Parade, Chicago Illinois 2003
- Target Jingle Elf Parade, Chicago Illinois 2002