Rodeo time just around the corner


The All-American Cowgirl Chicks will be back to perform at the Old Spanish Trail Rodeo on April 12-13 at the Barnhill Arena in Baker.

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Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 03:33 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Traditions will mix with new elements for the 24th annual Old Spanish Trail Rodeo on April 12 and 13 at Baker Area Recreation Association's Barnhill Arena.

Ticket prices are $12 in advance at for adults and $15 at the gate. Children’s tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Events begin at 7:30 p.m.

Changes precede silver anniversary

"This is our 24th annual rodeo so that's important to us. We are one step away from the big 25," Mark Todd, president of the Baker Area Recreation Association, said. "We've made a number of changes this year and some of them were hard to make ... but this year, we are changing it.

"We are going to (Professional Cowboy Association) ... they are actually the largest rodeo circuit in the Southeast and east of the Mississippi (River). They have over a thousand members in their organization as far as participants."

Todd expects 200 cowboys and cowgirls nightly and said the rodeo will pay close to $35,000 in prize money, with first-place winners in each event earning between $1,000 and 1,500.

The new stock contractor is Poplarville, Miss.-based Herbert Theriot/5T Rodeo Company.

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