Spring is here (plus or minus a few “snowy” set backs 😉 ) and I cannot believe that it is almost the end of April already! As we do get closer to the summer months, my Stampede sisters and I cannot help but wait in anticipation and excitement knowing that the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is just around the corner! Through our excitement in waiting for the Calgary Stampede to kick off, we have been hitting our busy spring schedule full force! From Aggie Days, to school visits, to photo shoots, my Stampede sisters and I have been so excited to spread some Stampede excitement in and around the city!

 Just recently we were asked to be special guests at a 4-H Foothills District Fun Night in High River. 4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21. This program gives youth opportunities to learn new skills from public speaking to keeping records of their 4-H projects, while making friends and connections within the community. I was a member of the Okotoks Outriders 4-H Lightladies4H Horse Club for nine years and believe that the program itself helped me greatly in developing numerous skills that I have been able to use as I have progressed throughout my life. Therefore, when I heard that we were requested to a attend 4-H event I was very excited to be able to return to the program and share my story of how 4-H has contributed to my journey in obtaining my dreams and goals, like becoming a member of the Calgary Stampede Royal Trio!

 At the District Fun Night some of the local sheep, dog, beef and horse 4-H clubs attended and competed in a lip-sync competition. While the members showed off their lip-syncing skills, members, friend and family enjoyed a great night with a wonderful dinner, silent auction and dance! As the special guests, my Stampede sisters and I were invited to judge the lip-syncing competition as well as give a presentation on the highlights that we have had in our year so far, and inform everyone about the upcoming competition for the new 2014 Stampede Royalty. Although none of us had ever judged a lip-syncing competition before we had a blast watching each club entertain us with their funny costumes, choreography and creative props! From Tim McGraw to Grease we heard it all and had a great evening not only judging the lip-sync competition but mixing and mingling with the 4-H members and getting everyone excited for the Calgary Stampede! 🙂

As I said before spring is a very busy time for my Stampede sisters and I so be sure to keep checking out blogs, Facebook page and Twitter (@StampedeQandP) to keep up with what exciting adventures we get up to around the city!

Enjoy your week in the sunshine and I’ll talk to you soon!

 -Princess Danielle

 P.S- Your George Strait song for this week is “The Seashores of Old Mexico”- perfect to get you in the mood for some warmer weather!

 P.P.S- The month of April is Royalty birthday time! Both I and my Stampede sister Queen Jessica have birthdays at the end of this month. We are both so excited to be celebrating our birthdays with each other as Stampede Royalty-truly a birthday we will never forget  🙂