Hey y’all! Princess Chelsey here, returned in one piece from Viva Las Vegas! What a busy couple of weeks we’ve had, coming back from Winnipeg to head South only four days later!
It was both Queen Maggie’s and my very first time in Vegas, so luckily we had Princess Bailee and Indian Princess Vanessa to show us the ropes. Don’t worry, we were behaved and brought a heap of western hospitality to share.
We went down to experience the National Finals Rodeo, so not unlike our own Stampede week, the city had turned western! A few more bright lights than we’re used to, but just as many cowboy hats I think! We spent a lot of our time at Cowboy Christmas at the Calgary Stampede booth, promoting the Stampede and entering people to win a trip for two up our way in July. If you don’t know what Cowboy Christmas is, imagine the largest building you’ve ever been in, double that, and then fill it with all kinds of booths selling rodeo gear, western apparel, horse trailers, and more pairs of cowboy boots than I knew even existed! So in other words, heaven on earth. Needless to say, I came home a few dollars poorer.
I even found a hoverboard at Cowboy Christmas! (I’ll stick to walking though)
We did get to attend the rodeo performance on Friday night, which was an incredible experience in itself. It went so fast, they definitely knew how to make it run as smoothly as possible. It was so exciting to get to cheer on our Canadian athletes!
Ready for the rodeo!
After the rodeo we got to attend a great reception put on by the Stampede, it was nice to see how many people were able to travel down and enjoy the NFR action. We even got to meet the newly crowned Miss Rodeo Canada, Samantha Stokes.
Miss Rodeo Canada!
Between all of the hustle and bustle of the rodeo and our Stampede duties, we did get to have some time to ourselves to explore the city. We hit up a Cirque du Soleil show as well as checked out some other Vegas highlights like the M&M factory, the Hard Rock Café, and saw some pretty neat hotels! All in all it was a trip I will never forget, and the people that I got to spend it with made it that much more incredible, despite how exhausted we were by the end. I know I can speak on behalf of the trio when I say we are so incredibly grateful to have the opportunities to experience things like this and will remember them for the rest of our lives!