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Gerry Rodeo named 'Favorite Rodeo' 2019

The Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s 75th annual pro rodeo has been named as the “Cowboys’ Favorite Rodeo” in the First Frontier Circuit for the 2019 rodeo season, based on a vote by the contestants as they registered for the recent three-day Circuit Championships in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The First Frontier Circuit is one of twelve PRCA rodeo circuits across the nation and encompasses the area of the original thirteen colonies and there were approximately 45 rodeos held in this circuit in 2019.

Rodeo chairman Tom Atwell, says, “We must be doing something right, and receiving this award for the sixth time speaks to the dedication of our department and all of our volunteers and sponsors, as well as our stock contractor, Painted Pony Championship Rodeo”.

In addition, Painted Pony, which had 32 of their stock selected for this competition, received two awards at the Harrisburg event. First, their bronc named Thomas and Mack was voted “Saddle Bronc of the Year” for the First Frontier Circuit. Then to top off the week, their nationally famous bull Holly Holley captured “Bull of the Year” honors.

This summer’s rodeo in Gerry is scheduled for four performances, Wednesday through Saturday, August 5 -8, with approximately 200 cowboys and cowgirls competing for $45,000 in prize money. The stock contractor will again be Painted Pony Championship Rodeo of Lake Luzerne, New York.

This will be the 76th consecutive year for this event, making it the longest consecutively running rodeo east of the Mississippi. All proceeds go to the Volunteer Fire Department which answers approximately 300 fire and rescue calls each year.

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