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  • Paul Cooley


Gerry – Fans of the traditional beef dinners that have been a part of the Gerry Fire Department’s annual PRCA rodeos for the past 72 years will be able to celebrate Father’s Day weekend with another early taste of the rodeo cuisine as chef Bruce Gustafson and his crew will be serving the dinners this coming Saturday, June 18, in the rodeo dining hall on Route 60 from 4:00 until sold out.

The Saturday event will feature the full rodeo style dinners with beef cooked outdoors over aged maple wood fires, the secret recipe barbeque sauce, deep fried browned potatoes, corn, tossed salad, cottage cheese, roll, ice cream, and beverage. The cost for adults is $12 and $7 for children ages 3-12.

Gustafson, who is also the fire department president, and his wife Paula have headed up the cooking and serving of the rodeo dinners for the past twelve years and have volunteered to provide this extra opportunity for area fans to enjoy a beef dinner ahead of rodeo. All proceeds go to the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department.

The beef dinners will again be served each night of the 72nd annual rodeo, scheduled for four performances, August 3 – 6, with more than 200 professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation expected to compete for $45,000 in prize money. This rodeo is now the longest consecutively running rodeo east of the Mississippi. Additional information concerning either the rodeo or the dinners this weekend can be gotten at the rodeo website or by phone at (716) 985-4847.

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