Are you ready for a triumvirate of Rodeo Royalty?
Three rodeo queens, along with the rodeo clowns are hosting a Picnic in the Park across from Kid’s Zone Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm for kids 6 - 12 years old. Miss Rodeo Canada Alicia Erickson, Miss Ponoka Naomi Akkermans, and Miss Teepee Creek Stampede Kenedy Hemingson are all expected to be in attendance.
Miss Rodeo Canada Alicia Erickson was crowned Miss Rodeo Canada 2020 at the Canadian Finals Rodeo on November 1st, 2019. She will continue on in 2021 as the first ever Miss Rodeo Canada to serve a two year reign.
The 25 year-old from Trochu, Alberta has graduated College with her Justice Studies Diploma, specializing in Youth, and will continue her education to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Seeing the influence of growth, knowledge, and positivity she could impart in youth, truly set her on the path of becoming a professional in the field.
Erickson’s passion for educating youth has always been apparent through many hours of volunteer work that led to being a horse-back riding instructor, skating coach, and youth programming facilitator. The authentic cowboy lifestyle, and the influencers within it, are what shaped Erickson to be the person she is today. For that, not only does she truly value western heritage and rodeo, but wants to continue to pass down the traditional traits of integrity, hard work, and dedication.
Erickson finds so much joy in music, and has been honoured to sing the Canadian National Anthem on horse-back at various rodeos across Canada and the United States of America. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the guitar, barrel racing, and helping out on the ranch. While she didn’t inherit this lifestyle, Erickson chose to live by it and will continue to do so by being a contributing member to the western way of life.
Miss Ponoka Naomi Akkermans is a 21-year-old cowgirl making her lifelong dream come true by holding the title of Miss Ponoka Stampede 2019.
Born on a mixed operation farm outside of the town limits, Naomi was always involved with the Ponoka Stampede. She started with selling programs in the grandstands as a young girl before becoming one of the Wranglers moving livestock on horseback behind the scenes and, her personal favourite part of the week-long event, chasing in the Thundering Herd.
In her youth, Naomi participated in many extracurriculars from competitive swimming and youth group to Pony Club and both beef and horse 4H. She was fortunate enough to show in various English and Western events on her own horses throughout central Alberta. Her horseback endeavours now focus on working with local ranches and running flags at rodeos.
Throughout her reign as Miss Ponoka Stampede, Naomi looks forward to meeting more people and sharing her passion for rodeo and the western way of life through education. She hopes to use her formal schooling, a Bachelor of Education majoring in Social Studies and minoring in Agriculture as well as a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology, to better her ability to help everyone from every walk of life understand why this is truly the greatest sport on dirt and there is no better place to watch it then the July long weekend at the Ponoka Stampede.
Miss Teepee Creek Stampede Kenedy Hemingson is 17 years old and will be graduating from Sexsmith Secondary School this upcoming year. Hemingson has been involved in the western way of life for as long as she can remember, whether it be out cowboying, or competing in everything from rodeos to horse shows.
At a rodeo if she's not in the arena, she is usually behind the scenes running a stripping chute or helping in the wagon barns. Hemingson very passionate about rodeo and hope to spread that passion throughout her reign as Miss Teepee Creek Stampede 2021.