Chautauqua County Gerry Rodeo Opens Tonight. Wednesday August 4th to Sunday August 8th.Posted by Richard Benedetto on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 at 6:55pm.
The annual Gerry Rodeo opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
GERRY - Tonight at 8 the gates will swing open and the opening performance of the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department's 66th annual professional rodeo will be under way.
The final trailer loads of more than 150 head of livestock and the chutes have arrived from the Barnes. Rodeo Company's ranch in Iowa and approximately 125 cowboys and cowgirls have traveled from all over the East and as far away as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa to compete for $25,000 in prize money in pro rodeo's seven traditional events - saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding and cowgirls' barrel racing.
Trailers and campers with license plates from across the county have rolled into the camping areas, adding to the "city on wheels'' atmosphere. The first day's serving of about 1,200 pounds of beef is slowly roasting over wood fires and final dining hall details are being taken care of in preparation for the almost 4,000 meals that will be served between now and Sunday.
Tents have sprung up along the midway as more than 20 vendors unload their wares, featuring everything from cotton candy and fried dough to western wear.
Tonight's performance is the first of six for the week. The competition is held each night Wednesday through Saturday with afternoon shows at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The full-course beef barbecue dinners are served in the air-conditioned dining hall beginning at 5 p.m. through Saturday and at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children 3-12 with a special price of $4 for children tonight. Seniors are admitted for $10 each performance.
Dinner prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dinners include the slow-cooked beef, potatoes, corn, salad, and cottage cheese as well as ice cream and drinks. Combination tickets for both the rodeo and the dinner are available at reduced rates.
An additional feature for the week is the Sunday morning worship service held outdoors in the arena at 9 a.m. This year's program features the southern gospel sounds of the quartet Soul Provider and a testimony of his spiritual journey by the rodeo announcer, Andy Seiler. There is no charge for the service. In case of rain it will be held in the Rodeo Conference Center.
Additional information is available by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847 or on the rodeo website at www.gerryrodeo.org
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