Old Spanish Trail Rodeo celebrates 25 years when it returns next month


The All-American Cowgirl Chicks return for their third year at the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo.

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Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 04:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The Old Spanish Trail Rodeo, an Okaloosa County fixture, celebrates its silver anniversary next month.

This year's rodeo is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 12 at the Baker Area Recreation Association's Barnhill Arena. Advance and reserve tickets are available.

"This is our 25th year, so it's kind of exciting just to reach that milestone," Mark Todd, the Baker Area Recreation Association's president, said. "From my perspective, it's a testament of all the board members, past and present. And the spectators that come and see us year after year.

"Those people have helped us get to this point — the 25-year milestone. Any time you can get to 25 years, you are doing something good."

While the rodeo is proud to reach the quarter-century mark, there will be no special ceremonies, Todd said.

'We will focus mainly on the entertainment aspect and the fact that we have a (Professional Cowboy Association) event again this year, which was new to us last year," he said. "We will focus more on the rodeo than the 25, but we are certainly going to announce in the paper and in the ads that this is our 25th anniversary."

Last year, the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo was ranked the No. 2 rodeo on the PCA circuit based on participants, prize money and attendance, among other factors, Todd said. It features traditional rodeo events such as saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, break away roping steer wrestling,

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