February 2020-Alicia Erickson
Month 2/12 as Miss Rodeo Canada 2020 has come to a close, and hopefully Balzac Billy (the Groundhog) was correct about his predication. Spring is supposed to be on its way!
Valentine's day this year was especially good to me, I received the best gift - a BRAND NEW Dodge pick-up from Innisfail Chrysler. I now have a reliable vehicle to travel many miles throughout Canada and the United States of America… oh and the remote start/heated seats are quite the perk too! Thank you to our amazing sponsors that make this possible, they can be viewed at https://www.missrodeocanada.ca/mrc-sponsors .
I had ONE day of admiring my new truck, before flying out to Florida on February 16th, but I couldn’t complain - I was heading to the sunshine state! I was so happy to be reunited with Jordan Tierney (Miss Rodeo America 2020) where we were hosted by the most wonderful people - Laura Kessler, and Gary & Rayelynne Ketchum. We do quite a bit of work on this trip, but Miss Laura plans many tourism activities that balance out perfectly. Over thirty queens, and myself visited more than ten schools and educated students about the history/events in rodeo. I was able to experience so many “firsts” including: hog hunting, snake holding, gator catching, frog leg eating, beach wave crashing, air boating, blueberry picking fun. At the Silver Spurs Rodeo in Kissimmee I represented the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association along with seven other Canadian rodeo athletes, and cheered them on as five out of seven took home some winnings!
I love having the opportunity to travel and share Canadian rodeo, culture, and the traditions we have that sometimes differ so greatly from others. On my last day in Florida one of the local queens came up to me and said “before I met you I didn’t really know what to think of Canada, but now that I’ve learnt about the people, rodeo, and lifestyle, I have such a great impression about your country”. That one comment made me so happy, and I couldn’t have had a better experience in your beautiful state, Thank you Florida!
I returned back to Canada on February 24th, got re-climatized to the cold weather, and headed straight to Trochu Valley School. As a proud member of the ATB Financial team, I jumped at the opportunity to take a stand against bullying with them, and do a presentation about Pink Shirt Day. This was right up my alley as one of my future goals is to facilitate mental health programming in high schools.
On February 28th, I attended and sang along to a televised concert put on by Stampede City
Sessions and funded by ATB Financial. Thank you Terry Andryo (Director of Community
Initiatives - Reputation & Brand ATB Financial), Des McKenzie and the ATB team for inviting me to be a part of this amazing experience!
I’m looking forward, driving into March with a new set of wheels!