At the end of March the Stampede Royalty attended the GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Canvas Auction, escorting the drivers on and off stage to be bid on; and it was broadcasted on Shaw TV. It was so much fun!! It was a very cool experience to escort some of the guys that you see racing every year during the Stampede. I had to escort some of the taller guys too, and with being 5’2”, I can imagine how odd it looked.
I also got to meet Terry “Mantracker” Grant and tell him about my recent trip to Berlin where I met his cousin Ted! You’re welcome Ted!
My stampede sisters and I also participated in a photo shoot for Avenue Magazine and will be featured modeling clothes from the Stampede Store, be sure to keep an eye out for the issue!!
In April I got to attend Aggie Days! I remember when I was in grade 3, Aggie Days was a highlight field trip and I always remember that was the first time I learned how to milk a cow and spin a rope. Seeing the kids at Aggie Days reminded me of how excited I was to learn about agriculture in Alberta. I was at Aggie Days all 5 days from the Wednesday to Sunday and had a blast! The first 3 days were open for schools and on the weekend was open for the public. The Calgary Stampede Queen and Princesses and I attended the Rodeo every day and did rodeo demonstrations in the dirt with Harry the Horse, three of us were the barrels and one of us would run the barrel racing pattern. I was also busy at the Indian Events exhibit signing autographs, giving out paper crowns and participating in dance demonstrations every day. After the 5 days at Aggie Days we managed to give out 7,500 crowns and sign 700 postcards! That’s a record so far.
I then traveled to Chestermere where I was a guest speaker and did a dance demonstration at Prairie Waters Elementary School. The school was hosting a culture fair and awareness day and I was proud to represent the treaty 7 First Nations culture as an aspect of this culture fair.
This past Friday, I was a celebrity food seller at Lawson Lundell Celebrity Hors d’oeuvres in support of Alberta Theatre Projects and teamed up with the Marriott Hotel, of whom the chef, Lorraine Fowler, won two awards for her d’oeuvres. I had the chance to meet actor Shaun Johnston who plays “Jack Bartlett” on CBC’s “Heartland.”
On Saturday I was also a guest at the Calgary Dance Stampede event, I was a performer to over 200 guests! It’s so exhilarating to me when I get to perform and share my culture in front of that many people.
We are now 72 days away from Stampede 2013 and the calendar is getting busier and busier. This morning I wrote my last exam at the University of Calgary and I’m now ready to Stampede!
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Until next time!!