A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo

Jo Wright. Grand Entry, 2007. Photo by Brody Wheeler. Courtesy of The Arts Council for Wyoming County.

Exhibit:  January 20, 2013 – May 26, 2013
Reception:  February 24, 2013 — 2:00pm - 4:00pm


In 1957, the West was big in the American imagination, abounding in movies, musicals and novels—and in Attica, New York, where a group of teenage boys was about to stage its first rodeo. They formed the Attica and Chaffee Rodeo Club, with just over a dozen members. Today, the renamed Attica Rodeo and Show Association continues as a non-profit, volunteer based organization that relies on members and community volunteers—more than 100 altogether—to host a professional rodeo.

In 2006, folklorists Karen Canning and Claire Aubrey began a project to document the Attica Rodeo, its history and performances, as well as the experiences of its founders and participants. The results of their fine efforts, A Good Ride: Arts and Traditions of the Attica Rodeo, explores the rich aesthetic traditions, talents, stories, and material culture of this local community.

This event is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.