One of the rising stars in the field of rodeo announcing is making his second appearance as the master of ceremonies for the Gerry Fire Department's 69th annual PRCA rodeo, which opens on Wednesday and continues nightly at 8 through Aug. 3, with an Aug. 3 matinee at 2 p.m.
Greg Simas, a California native, is an ex-Marine sergeant who began his rodeo career with a five-year stint as a bull rider with the Military Rodeo Cowboys Association. He got into announcing by accident when the regularly-scheduled announcer failed to show and he was drafted to fill in. From there, his rise to become one of the top announcers in pro rodeo has been spectacular as he now announces more than 100 rodeos a year and has been selected for five consecutive years to the Dodge Ram First Frontier Finals as well as a three time performer at the National High School Rodeo Finals. He also announces for the United States Hot Rod Association Monster Jam Tour.
Simas does his announcing from horseback in the arena where his job is to introduce each event, work with the clowns and the specialty acts, and keep the fans informed of the action. He says he is looking forward to coming back to Gerry because of its great tradition of producing rodeos for so many years, as this event is now the longest consecutively-running rodeo east of the Mississippi.
When he is not on the road, Simas loves to fish, hunt, golf and work on his Pennsylvania farm where he lives with his wife Jen, a barrel racer and a trainer of barrel racing horses, and their two young sons.
Additional information about him may be found on line at www.gregsimas.com.
Painted Pony Pro Rodeo of Lake Luzerne is returning as the stock contractor and will be bringing more than 125 head of stock to Gerry where approximately 125 pro cowboys and cowgirls will compete for $40,000 in prize money in the traditional seven rodeo events, which include saddle and bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing,and bull riding. A free children's rodeo is set for 11 a.m. on Aug. 3.
Also featured are beef barbeque dinners with beef cooked outdoors over wood fires and served with all the trimmings from 5 to 8 p.m. each day in the air conditioned dining hall. In addition, the midway has more than 20 vendors with everything from cotton candy to fried dough and western wear.
The rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org is available for additional information, or rodeo fans can call (715) 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847 with questions or to order pre-sale tickets. Tickets are also available on line at ticketfly.com.