GERRY - One of America's top animal acts will be featured at the Gerry Fire Department's Bulls and Barrels event on Friday and Saturday, as Bert Davis, the Coppertown Clown, will perform with his 10 trained rescue dogs.
Davis, who has been a rodeo clown for 38 years, beginning at age 16, began his first dog act in 1995 with three dogs and is now performing with 10 of them that he has rescued from animal shelters across the country.
He and the dogs have traveled to 45 states, five Canadian provinces, and Australia. They have made numerous TV appearances, including a National Geographic special called "Dogs With Jobs," and have performed at four National Finals Rodeos. In addition, Davis will be adding his comedy as the barrelman during the bull riding. His website offers more information at www.coppertownclown.com.
Bert Davis and his dogs, the Muttley Crew, will be appearing at the Gerry Fire Department's Bulls and Barrels event Friday and Saturday.
Bulls and Barrels is a new event for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department and will feature two hours of dangerous bull riding and cowgirls barrel racing each night with contestants vying for $5,000 in prize money. The bull riding is sanctioned by the Southern Extreme Bull Riders Association with bulls provided by Painted Pony Pro Rodeo of Lake Luzerne.
More than 30 bull riders are entered and the cowgirls' barrel racing event is filled to capacity.
The action will begin both nights at 7:30 in the arena on Route 60 six miles north of Jamestown with the gates opening at 6 p.m. The midway, featuring various exhibitors and concessions, including the famous beef barbecue sandwiches, will open at 5 p.m.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 4-12.
This event is in addition to the 69th annual PRCA rodeo. scheduled for five performances, July 31 through Aug. 3. Informa-tion on both events is available at the rodeo website www.gerryrodeo.org or by phone at 985-4847 or toll free at 1-888-985-4847.