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Alicia Erickson - Miss Rodeo Canada 2020

I remember the first time I spoke my name into a microphone, it scared me to hear the sound of my own voice. Seventeen years later I wouAlicia Erickson - Miss Rodeo Canadald have never guessed that I would be singing the Canadian National Anthem in front of thousands of people.

On March 6th I spent some time in my Innisfail Chrysler truck while driving to Lethbridge for their Professional Bull Riding event. I was honoured to sing in the opening of both performances, meet the hard-working individuals on the PBR production side, and mingle with the crowd. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your incredible show!

After Lethbridge I drove straight back North to judge the Kneehill 4-H District Public Speaking. From riding lessons to skating lessons, I have taught many of the upcoming youth in 4-H and love seeing their growth throughout the years.

One mid-March morning felt like Christmas to me, as a big box labeled with Montana Silversmiths showed up in the mail! Not only is my crown and buckle designed by Montana Silversmiths, but they are also the official jewelry sponsor of Miss Rodeo Canada. I can’t wait to show you some of their pieces that I will be wearing all year long, you can also view them at https://www.montanasilversmiths.com.

While travelling away from home is not an option right now, this down time has helped me reflect on the first three amazing months of my reign as Miss Rodeo Canada 2020. I am so grateful for the continuous support from our program sponsors and fans.

Alicia and fans


I encourage you to keep following my journey, though many of us are in question about the future right now, promoting rodeo and sharing the stories of our Canadian athletes, stock and sponsors will always continue.

~ I am thinking of all affected by COVID-19; stay safe!

Alicia

Leth Bull Riding Alicia and young fan
 
 
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Silver Spurs Rodeo - FloridaMonth 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 and 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!

Miss Rodeo Canada - GatorlandI 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 learned about the people, rodeo, and lifestyle, I have such a great impression of 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 to Canada on February 24, 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 28, 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 and Brand ATB Financial) and 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!

Alicia Erickson
Miss Rodeo Canada 2020
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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Pink Shirt Day ATB Financial - MRC Sponsors
 
 
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Miss Rodeo Canada - Alicia EricksonThe 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.

Alicia Erickson with a young fanOn January 13th I made my way over to the National Western Stock Show and 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 completed 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.

Alicia Erickson
Miss Rodeo Canada 2020
www.missrodeocanada.ca

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