January 2020- Alicia Erickson
The first full month of a 365-day reign. January kicked off my year with a trip to Denver, Colorado for the Western Apparel Market and National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.
On January 10th I started my travels sitting in the pilot's seat (literally)... and assured the rest of the plane that Miss Rodeo Canada is a very responsible co-pilot.
The WESA show was like something I had never seen before.
While visiting Wrangler I met Jordan Tierney, Miss Rodeo America, for the first time and I know that her and I are going to have an incredible year together!
I was introduced to some of my amazing sponsors... Montana Silversmiths, Wrangler, Miss Macie Boots, Dan Post Boots and BEX. It was great to make personal connections with them all and I am excited to keep building our relationship for the future.
On January 13th I made my way over to the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo. Throughout the week I carried the American Flag at the PBR, carried flags every performance of the rodeo, visited the Children’s Hospital, the Denver Zoo, and the Canadian Consulate building. My favourite rodeo performance had to be Canada night, as I was honored to sing our National Anthem and cheer on the Canadian athletes. I attended four school visits, where I would ask the children if they knew where Canada was. At one of the school visits a young girl (kindergarten) immediately raised her hand and said “YES! I’ve been to the North Pole.” I responded with “Well not quite, but it is about that cold in Canada!”
Then off I went to the 46th Annual Steamboat Springs Cowboy Downhill Ski Race. The race was on and here comes Miss Rodeo Canada up the back stretch and down the 6-foot drop! I will let your imaginations go from there.
My time in Denver was phenomenal, and the National Western Stock Show committee welcomed me with open arms. Thank you for making my first month, and first rodeo as Miss Rodeo Canada 2020 so memorable.