Children’s Rodeo Scheduled For Saturday Afternoon

Kids can become cowboys and cowgirls for an afternoon in the arena at the free kids’ rodeo event this Saturday at 4 p.m. in Gerry. Photo by Paul Cooley

GERRY — A free children’s rodeo at 4 p.m. Saturday will kick off the final day of action at the Gerry Fire Department’s 73rd annual PRCA rodeo.

Youngsters ages 3-8 will have the chance to participate in rodeo-related games in the arena supervised by pro cowboys and cowgirls.

Registration for the event begins at 3 p.m. near the arena entrance where parents will sign a release and each entrant will receive a numbered contestant back tag. The children will be divided into two age groups — 6-8 and 3-5.

Following the national anthem and a grand entry parade of the children, Shana Graham, sales and marketing manager for Painted Pony Pro Rodeo, will direct the activities. Among the games will be hula-hoop roping, stick-horse riding, stick-pole bending, and a boot-and-shoe race, with each child receiving a certificate and a bandana following the event.

Children are requested to dress in their best western wear as a championship belt buckle will be awarded to the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl and a special secret prize will be handed out. Parents will be permitted into the arena and are urged to bring their cameras. Miss Rodeo New York and Lil’ Miss Rodeo New York as well as cowboys and cowgirls will be present for autographs and photos with the children.

The concession stands and the midway, featuring 20 vendors and children’s activities will be open following the event. 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 more than 250 pro cowboys and cowgirls competing for $45,000 in prize money.

Additional information is available at the rodeo website or by phone at 985-4847 or 1-888-985-4847. A free children’s ticket for any performance can be downloaded from the website.