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  • Paul Cooley


A free kids’ rodeo at 4:00 will kick off the final day of action Saturday, August 3, at the Gerry Fire Department’s 75th annual PRCA rodeo as kids three through eight can participate in rodeo related games in the arena supervised by pro cowboys and cowgirls.

Registration for the event begins at 3:00 near the arena entrance where parents will sign a release and each entrant will receive a numbered contestant back tag. The kids will be divided into two age groups - six to eight and three to five.

Following the National Anthem and a Grand Entry Parade of the kids, Shana Graham, Sales and Marketing Manager for Painted Pony Championship Rodeo, will direct the activities. Among the games will be hula hoop roping, stick horse riding, and a boot and shoe race, with each kid receiving a certificate and a bandana following the event.

Kids are requested to dress in their best Western wear as a Championship Belt Buckle will be awarded to the Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl and a special secret prize will be handed out. Parents will be permitted into the arena and are urged to bring their cameras. Other kids’ activities during the week include pony rides, face painting, sand art on the midway, and a calf scramble each night in the arena with kids trying to capture ribbons tied to the calves’ tails.

The concession booths and the midway featuring 20 vendors and kids’ activities will be open following the kids’ event. The day’s activities will conclude with the barbecue beef dinners at 5:00 and the final rodeo performance at 8:00 with more than 220 pro cowboys and cowgirls competing for more than $50,000 in prize moneyFireworks will end the celebration.

Additional information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.orgor by phone at (716) 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847. A free kid’s ticket for any performance can be downloaded from the website.

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