Old Spanish Trail Rodeo brings in the crowds (photo gallery)

Old Spanish Trail Rodeo

A cowboy tries to wrestler a steer to the ground during competition at the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo on Saturday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

BAKER — Last weekend’s 24th annual Old Spanish Trail Rodeo seems to have been bigger and better than ever.

More than 280 cowboys and cowgirls competed in the two-night event Friday and Saturday at the Barnhill Arena in Baker. Participants were competing for close to $31,000 in prize money.

Photo gallery >>> Action from the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo on Saturday.

Trish Lynn and the All-American Cowgirl Chicks — who sang and showed off their trick riding skills — joined other cowboys and cowgirls for the fun.

Baker Area Recreation Association president Mark Todd said 2,200 fans attended Friday's event and close to 2,500 were at Saturday’s event.

This year's rodeo was the first with the Professional Cowboys Association and stock contractor the 5T Rodeo Company. Former Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association All-Around and Tie-Down Roper World Champion, Herbert Theriot, operates the 5T Rodeo Company.

Todd was more than pleased with the work of the PCA, Theriot and the 5T Rodeo Company.

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