Article Contributed by
The Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s 72d annual professional rodeo is set for four nightly performances, August 3-6, with more than 200 cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation competing for $45,000 in prize money in the seven traditional rodeo events – saddle and bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding, and the cowgirls’ barrel racing.
In addition to the rodeo competition, fans will be entertained with the comedy of rodeo clown Matt Tarr and the daring feats of World Champion trick rider Haley Ganzel. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 kids ages 3-8 will be invited to participate in a free kids’ rodeo supervised by pro cowboys and cowgirls.
The event also features the famous beef barbeque cooked outdoors over wood fires and served with kettle browned potatoes, salad, cottage cheese, corn, ice cream, and drinks in their air-conditioned dining hall each day, beginning at 5:00, and a lighted midway with more than 20 vendors offering everything from Western wear to fried dough and cotton candy.
This rodeo is now the longest consecutively running professional rodeo east of the Mississippi. Additional information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at (716) 985-4847 or toll free at 1-888-985-4847.