By Andrea Camarena

The sun came out just in time on Saturday to welcome the Woodlake Lions Club Rodeo.

About 3,500 people filed into the arena on each day of the two-day rodeo. With attendance up from last year, the 252 participating cowboys had a hefty crowd to please.

Stocked with an abundence of new young bulls from the No. 1 bull sire, the Great White Water, the Rodeo drew in more participants than last year's event.

Both increased attendance and increased competition made the two-day rodeo a success.

The rodeo featured seven events: Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, Tie Down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping and Girls Barrel Racing.

In the Bareback riding competition, Rick Bradley rode X54 Kattie Klare to a big first place prize with a score of 77. Bradley made the trip to the rodeo from Escalon, Calif. Wyatt Hancock of Taylor also scored a 77 on the horse 900 Gold Dollar and took second place. Tyson Thompson out of Templeton rode X11 Miss Calamity to score 76 points for third place. And in fourth, Lee Lantz of Molalla, Oreg. rode 013 Ruben James for fourth place with a score of 75 points.

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