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November 2020 - Alicia Erickson

This is usually the month where I would be recapping the Canadian Finals Rodeo, and introducing you to the new Miss Rodeo Canada 2021. Instead I am grateful to continue on my reign as the First Lady of Canadian Professional Rodeo.

I thought I would head back to the same place I started this journey 365 days ago, The Baymont Inn & Suites, Red Deer. The home of the Miss Rodeo Canada Competition is undergoing new renovations to create a whole new look in 2021. Corey and his staff are always so accommodating to our program, and we are looking forward to their continued support in the future.

There has definitely been a lack of social interaction this year, so I look forward to meeting people in person, even if it’s in the Tim Hortons parking lot haha! On my way to Innisfail Chrysler for an oil change, I thought I would stop by Tim’s to treat my favourite dealership with some donuts. Even in a year where there hasn’t been many events to attend, Innisfail Dodge Jeep Ram, has stuck by our side and provided me with a reliable truck for my travels.

I was honoured to have been asked to make a video on Remembrance Day for the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Our heroes will never be forgotten, and I think it's so important to recognize them every single day of the year, along with wearing a poppy throughout the month of November.

The last week of the month I dusted off my Keddie’s suitcases, and filled them full with Wrangler clothes, Montana Silversmiths jewelry, Aria Studios make-up, and Smithbilt Hats. My favourite question asked while travelling is people concerned with what I’m carrying in the double hat can. I've been asked if I’m carrying an animal in there before!

For the first time in 8 months I am travelling to Arlington Texas to support and share the stories of the six Canadian athletes that we have competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. I couldn’t be more proud, and I know the rest of Canada is too!

- Alicia Erickson, Miss Rodeo Canada 2020

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