GERRY - Area rodeo fans will be able to enjoy plenty of rodeo action as the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department has added a second event to its schedule featuring two nights of Bulls and Barrels on May 31 and June 1, in addition to the 69th annual rodeo in August.
Bulls and Barrels will feature two hours of action with dangerous bull riding sanctioned by the Southern Extreme Bulls Riding Association as approximately 30 cowboys attempt eight-second rides each night with $5,000 in prize money up for grabs.
The bulls are being brought to Gerry by the Painted Pony Rodeo Company of Lake Luzerne. The cowgirls add to the excitement of the evening as they race around the barrels' cloverleaf pattern in their timed event between the sections of bull riding.
Area rodeo fans will get two full nights of bull riding and barrel racing in Gerry on May 31 and June 1.
A special feature both nights will be the appearance of nationally-famous Bert Davis, the Coppertown Clown, with his 10 trained dogs, known as the Muttley Crew, that he has rescued from shelters across the country. Davis has appeared at rodeos nationwide including the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas as well as making many TV appearances in his 35 years as a rodeo clown and barrelman.
This event will begin at 7:30 each night with the gates opening at 6 p.m.
The midway will open at 5 p.m. featuring displays and concessions including the famous barbecue beef sandwiches.
Adults tickets are $15, children ages 4 to 8 are $10, and three and under are free.
Six fans will be chosen each night for an attempt to throw a horseshoe into a barrel for a $100 prize.
The 69th annual PRCA rodeo featuring all seven traditional rodeo competitive events is set for five performances July 31 through Aug. 3.
Additional information about either event is available at the rodeo website gerryrodeo.org or by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847.