Kids take their turn

GERRY – A free kids rodeo at 11 a.m. will kick off a full final day of action Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Gerry Fire Department’s 69th annual PRCA rodeo as kids 8 and under will participate in rodeo related games in the arena.

Registration for the event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the rodeo office 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 – 6 to 8 and 5 and under.

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 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. Parents will be permitted into the arena and are urged to bring their cameras.

The concession stands and the midway activities will be open following the kids’ event with a Saturday afternoon matinee set for 2 p.m. The day’s activities will conclude with the barbecue beef dinners at 5 p.m. and the final rodeo performance with 170 pro cowboys and cowgirls competing for $45,000 in prize money at 8 p.m.

The rodeo runs for five performances beginning today, concluding with Saturday’s activities. Additional information is available at the rodeo website 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.