A free kids' rodeo at 11 a.m. will kick off a full final day of action Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Gerry Fire Department's 70th annual PRCA rodeo as kids ages three through eight are invited to participate in rodeo related games in the arena. Registration begins at 10 with parents signing a permission form. Each entrant will receive a numbered contestant back tag, and 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 Pro Rodeo, will direct the activities assisted by pro cowboys and cowgirls. Among the various games will be 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. Parents will be permitted into the arena and are urged to bring their cameras.
The best dressed cowboy and cowgirl will be awarded a silver belt buckle at the free kids’ rodeo set for 11:00 on Saturday at the Gerry Rodeo arena.
The concession stands and the midway activities will be open following the kids' event with a Saturday afternoon matinee set for 2. The day's activities will conclude with the barbecue beef dinners at 5 and the final rodeo performance at 8 with pro cowboys and cowgirls from around the nation competing for $45,000 in prize money. The entire day is being designated as "Breast Cancer Awareness Day" and spectators and contestants are urged to wear pink to show their support.
The rodeo runs for five performances beginning on Wednesday, July 30, at 8 each evening, concluding with Saturday's activities. The famous barbeque beef dinners are served nightly at 5:00. Additional information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847. A free kid's ticket for any performance can be downloaded from the website.