Courtesy of Wrangler Network contributor Miss Rodeo America
Miss Rodeo America 2018
February started with a bang as I headed for Cajun country. The Southwest District Livestock Show and Rodeo in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was one of my favorite rodeos as Miss Rodeo Florida, and I was overjoyed at the opportunity to return as Miss Rodeo America. It was a great week full of visits to schools and with sponsors as well as tasty Cajun food.
Next on my journey was the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo in Jackson, Mississippi, where Miss Rodeo Mississippi visited sponsors such as Camping World. We had the opportunity to eat dinner at the Governor’s Mansion with Governor Phil Byrant and his wife. I left with a complete understanding of why Mississippi is known as the “hospitality state.” It was difficult to leave but Florida was calling!
I flew into Orlando for the 140th Silver Spurs Rodeo. State queens from throughout the country flew in for this event. It’s always fun to bond with my sash sisters, and it was especially memorable to be able to travel with them and show them my great home state. Did I mention the airboat rides, ropes courses, visits to Gatorland, and blueberry picking?! My favorite part of the week was working with Give Kids the World, an organization that grants children with terminal illnesses and their families the opportunity to enjoy Disney attractions cost-free for one week. Getting to play a small role in these special children’s week was unforgettable.
On my final day in Florida I had the honor of being presented with a Florida Senator’s Proclamation at the State Capitol in Tallahassee by Senator Dennis Baxley. I was even acknowledged on the House floor by Representative Stan McClain, who is a former bull rider! I am proud to be a native Floridian and thankful for those who work hard on behalf of my home state. They made my day at the State Capitol an incredibly special one, and it was a great way to wrap up my visit home.
What an incredible month. Next stop … Rodeo Houston!