East Central Alberta is experiencing a bit of the royal treatment as Alicia Erickson of Trochu was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2020.
Last year, the 23-year-old competed for the 2019 crown but was runner up to Jaden Holle.
This year, however, the tides had changed in her favour and Erickson was crowned on Fri. Nov. 1.
Immediately after the announcement, Erickson went to the washroom to really let reality sink in. “I can’t really describe to you – This hasn’t really set in and I said, ‘Can we wait one second, can I just go to the washroom?’ and I went to the washroom and I’m going to tell you I just stood there and looked at my crown for a whole five minutes because I was so excited,” laughed Erickson.
The key to her success was the dedication, drive and hard work throughout the year as well as the final week of competition leading to Friday.
Support was also a large factor.
“I had an incredible feeling this week and I think a lot of that came from the support I had from family, friends, and my family inside of rodeo. I mean I had so many people come up to me this week and prior just wishing me good luck, smiling and everything just made me feel so good and ready to run for this title as Miss Rodeo Canada.”
Erikson is no stranger to sport as she has held several titles in the queen circuit including Carstairs Pro Rodeo Queen, Hanna Pro Rodeo Queen and Miss Ponoka Stampede Queen.
“Miss Rodeo Canada was definitely the biggest of my goals and I just can’t believe that I have finally succeeded in all of this hard work and dedication to this sport has paid off,” said Erickson.
The newly crowned queen has many ideas swirling around as she begins her reign.
“I can’t wait to get started and show the CPRA (Canadian Pro Rodeo Association) and sport of rodeo what I am capable of and willing to give back to our sport,” she said.
Much appreciation for both the communities of Trochu and Ponoka was noted.
“They have done nothing but support me from the very beginning and I have felt nothing but love from them through my whole experience. They are my family, I’m not even going to call them my second family because none of them compares to that,” said Erickson.
Erickson has a Youth Justice Studies Diploma and will continue her education to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.
This passion for younger people has been a large aspect of her drive and inspiration.
“This sport led me on the right direction in my life. It helped me find my passion and helped me find a role that I wanted to be committed to and I can not wait to give back to younger kids and the people of the sport that changed my life,” said Erickson.