“Pressure is nothing more than the shadow of great opportunity.” Michael Johnson. That to me is the best way to describe the 10 grueling, most exciting days of Kerri, Kateri, Nikkole and my reign. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this foursome; we worked well together and most importantly, had many laughs making memories of such a wonderful experience!

The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth for us was very much like a marathon of pancake breakfasts, riveting speeches, square dances, introductions to dignitaries, kids, politicians and celebrities, and horseback victory laps around the rodeo arena. With 18 functions a day we had very little sleep but it was the western spirit of Calgarians and foreigners alike that kept us going. A big thank you must go out to all those wonderful courtesy car drivers that kept us fashionably on time, stole us away for ice cream and whose patience was appreciated while we practiced our speeches on route from event to event. There are so very many volunteers and staff that work tirelessly before, during and after the Big Show. I feel privileged to have been able to get to know and work with so many of these selfless dedicated people. You have all added something special to this amazing opportunity I have been given.

We had a week to rest up, and then off to Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede, followed by the Strathmore Heritage Days and on to Claresholm to help judge at the 4H Southern Regional competition. There is an exciting time coming up with the deadline of the Q & P’s competition just around the corner. I am eager to meet all the contestants and get to know them throughout the many events we will all be attending together. Everyone can get to know us better, as well, with the video interview Amy Smith put together to promote the contest. It can be found on line at: Also, something fun and new this year, we are on Facebook. I invite you come join our fan club and share in our adventures!

Tara