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  • Paul Cooley


GERRY- Young rodeo fans are advised that the registration deadline for the free PRCA Rodeo Camp to be held at the Gerry Rodeo grounds on Saturday, April 29, is fast approaching. Spaces are limited and registration is due on-line by April 24.

The camp, sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is one of only 10 held nationwide and is open to anyone eight years old and older, male or female. It is structured for beginners as well as older youth who want to learn more about rodeo through instruction by professional cowboys. Its purpose is to promote rodeo through education and recruitment of young people who may become the next generation of rodeo stars.

The camp will begin in the Conference Center on the rodeo grounds at 9:00 AM regardless of the weather and will conclude at 2:00 PM.  A free lunch will be provided by sponsors of the Gerry rodeo for the participants. There will be no live buck-outs.

Registration must be completed on-line prior to the deadline by going to or by logging on to the Gerry Rodeo website at and clicking on youth rodeo. Anyone having trouble with registration or wanting additional information may call Julie Jutten, the director of the camp at (719) 528-4729 or rodeo chairman Tom Atwell (716) 969-4488 or Paul Cooley (716) 985-4215.

The 73rd annual professional rodeo in Gerry is set for four performances, August 2-5, with more than 200 professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for $45,000 in prize money.

Photo: Young rodeo fans will again have the opportunity to learn the basics of rodeo from pro cowboys at the free Rodeo Camp in Gerry on April 29. Pre-registration is required.

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