Human cannonball to blast across fair
After a year’s absence, David “The Bullet” Smith will be returning to the Steele County Free Fair.
Twice a day he will be thrilling fair goers as he is shot out of a cannon over the GoldStar Midway. Performance times will be 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Called the “heir to the throne,” Smith is a second-generation human cannonball, the son of David Smith Sr., known as “Cannonball Smith.”
“The Bullet” currently holds five Guinness World Records for the highest cannonball shot and the farthest cannonball shot, (he broke his own record three times). His most recent Guinness World Record was set in Tampa, FL on March 13, 2018 when he was shot 195 feet. He has performed more than 8,000 shows around the world.
Besides breaking world records, he has been shot over some incredible obstacles, including Ferris wheels, concert stages and a portion of the Grand Canyon.
Growing up Smith watched his father tour with the cannonball act. When he was 17 he got into the cannon for the first time at the family’s home in Oregon. It would only be two years before he had a chance to stand in for his father at a show in Wisconsin.
In many ways it was natural that David would make a career of being shot out of a cannon.
His father had been a college gymnast and math teacher when he decided to give the circus a try and went on to become a flying trapeze artist. He performed the trapeze act with his wife for several years before deciding to become “Cannonball Smith.”
For the second generation, “The Bullet” has taken a traditional circus act and transformed it into a world-wide thrill show, becoming one of the worlds most spectacular stunt performers.
The Smith’s and the Steele County Free Fair have a long history as the elder Smith performed the act at the fair for a number of years before his son took over.
David “The Bullet” Smith’s appearance at the Steele County Free Fair is sponsored by the Owatonna Motor Company.