Gerry Rodeo - History
This year the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department presents the 68th
consecutive annual rodeo in 2012, one of the longest running events in
Chautauqua County, with an arena seating 4000, a lighted parking lot and a
modern midway. All food is prepared daily in our newly remodeled kitchen and outdoor barbecue
pits, served in dining hall or eat outside on our oversized porch, where you can make friends with
your dining neighbors and comment on our famous locally prepared barbecue sauce.
Thus, through the volunteer help of nearly everyone in the quiet community, for
one week each year Gerry becomes the rodeo city of the East.
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There were many doubts when a former working cowboy,
Jack Cox, moved to Gerry and in 1945 suggested a rodeo as a way of raising
money for the newly formed Gerry Volunteer FIre Department. His idea
became a reality, however, as members of the department in seventy days
turned four acres of swamp into an arena and parking lot in time for the
arrival of Colonel Jim Eskew and the livestock. Through the volunteer help
of nearly everyone in the quiet community, for one week each year Gerry
becomes the rodeo city of the East.