Thursday, December 30, 2010
The "JE Ranch" - Waverly's Rodeo Coming Jan. 4th
The "JE RANCH - Waverly's Rodeo" will be presented by Waverly historian Don Merrill at the Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) in Waverly, NY on Tuesday, January 4th from 6:30 - 7:30pm. For nearly 20 years (during the 1940's and 1950's,) Waverly NY had a most unique claim to fame. The JE Ranch was home to the only rodeo ranch east of the Mississippi and was often touted as Rodeo Capital of the East. Real cowboys and Indians rode through the streets of the village and just out of town could be seen teepees and bunkhouses, all the trappings of the real west.
The J.E. Rodeo, whose owners and stars were well-acquainted with such personalities as Tom Mix and Roy Rogers, offered a once in a life time opportunity for Waverly residents, young and old, to experience something very special. A performance by the rodeo was a highlight of nearly all important Waverly celebrations during these two decades. Visitors came from hundreds of miles away to see performers that had starred in much bigger towns and arenas, including Madison Square Garden.
Loaded with memorabilia, artifacts and great discussion, the presentation is meant to be enjoyed by all ages. The public is also invited to bring their own memorabilia from the JE Ranch to discuss as well.
Admission is $6 per person, $4 for SRAC members and students. Free admission to the SRAC Exhibit Hall is included in the admission price.
SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY - for more information, email info@SRACenter.org or call the Center at 607-565-7960.