Hey, rodeo fans. As you know, our home town rodeo is coming soon. It runs from June 29 to July 3, so we hope that you can come out to see some amazing athletes as well as the awesome rodeo stock. We will also have a very special guest. If my sources are right, she will be with us for the whole week, Miss Rodeo Canada Princess 2010 – Miss Dana Hansen.
As many of you may have noticed, I have been on the road solo since the beginning of February, and have had the opportunity to hang out with some of the other Rodeo Royalty of the area.
May 8, I attended the MCF Housing meet and greet. Stavely Indoor Pro Rodeo was held on May 8 and 9. This was Miss Heather Mills’ last Pro Rodeo as Miss Rodeo Stavely. I enjoyed my time visiting with her while we pushed stock and carried flags. May 23, the Balzac 4-H Achievement Day was held. The 4-H members did a wonderful job with their projects. Rodeo Royalty was in abundance at the May 24 High River Amateur Rodeo and Parade. The Cochrane Rodeo Trio, Miss Rodeo Okotoks and myself all attended the parade that started the day off. Kezia Morrison, Miss Rodeo Okotoks, Sarah Richards, Cochrane Lions Rodeo Princess and myself, carried sponsor flags, pushed stock, helped out at the mutton bustin’ and then we had the honour of presenting the buckles to the winners in each event and the high point awards.
May 25 saw members of the association painting bowls for the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser, which was held at Nose Creek Park in Airdrie on June 12.
I attended 4-H on Parade on May 29 in Calgary. There were many interesting projects. One member had a Market Hog project in which they were auctioning off sides of pork and then donating the money raised to a charity.
May 26 was the start of the search for the New Miss Rodeo Airdrie. I met the six lovely ladies that will be running for the right to represent this wonderful city, the Airdrie Ranch Association and the sport of Rodeo.
June 5 and 6 was a special weekend as I travelled to the 94th Handhills Lake Stampede. It is the longest-running consecutive rodeo in Canada. I attended the rodeo with fellow Rodeo Royalty from the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, Miss Candice Wutch, Stampede Queen and Miss Stacey Kading, Stampede Princess. We were kept pretty busy all day long taking part in the grand entry, carrying sponsor flags, pushing stock, entertaining the crowd by tormenting the clown and signing autographs. We all had the opportunity to take in some of the chariot racing afterwards. According to the organizers, this was the first time that Rodeo Royalty attended the rodeo.
June 7 saw the six contestants complete their rodeo knowledge exam as well as meet the committee. The Over-50 Club was our host for the public speaking portion of the competition. The girls did an awesome job. Upcoming local events for the girls include the fashion show, June 19 at the Bethany Care Centre in Airdrie, and a June 22 sponsors’ reception at Dick’s Pub starting at 5 p.m.
I have been invited to attend the Sundre Pro Rodeo on June 26 as well as the High River Pro Rodeo on June 27. Don’t forget that our own rodeo will get underway on June 29 and run until July 3. If you need tickets, check out the Airdrie Pro Rodeo website at www.airdrieprorodeo.net
Happy trails! See you at the rodeo.