By Paul Cooley
GERRY - A free kids rodeo will kick off a full final day of action Saturday at the Gerry Fire Department's 70th annual PRCA rodeo.
Children ages 3-8 are invited to participate in rodeo-related games in the arena, beginning at 11 a.m.
The best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl will be awarded a silver belt buckle at the free kids rodeo, which is set for 11 a.m., Saturday at the Gerry Rodeo arena.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., with parents signing a permission form. Each entrant will receive a numbered contestant back tag, and the participants will be divided into two age groups - 6-8 and 3-5.
Following the national anthem and the grand-entry parade, 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. Each child will a certificate and a bandana following the event.
Children are requested to dress in their best western wear. 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 at 8 p.m. 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 today, at 8 each evening, concluding with Saturday's activities. The barbecue beef dinners will be served nightly at 5 p.m. Additional information is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at (716) 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847. A free kid's ticket for any performance can be downloaded from the website.