A Letter (and Rodeo Dance Party Video) from Miss Rodeo America

Hello everyone!

I can't believe August has come and gone. It is crazy how fast time flies when you're having fun! My month of August was booked with small town rodeos full of big town spirit. I spent the majority of the month in the great Northwest close to home, hitting up the 2013 Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant in conjunction with the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo in Canby, Oregon and the Kitsap County Fair and Rodeo in Bremerton, Washington. I kick started the month with the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene, Kansas and while on the way there, I encountered some interesting travel experiences. This inspired me to write about some of the insane and hilarious events that have taken place out on the rodeo road.

Since I already mentioned it, I'll start with Abilene. In general, this whole week was a hoot. It started off while I was boarding my flight. Apparently to a person who has never seen a hat can, they resemble instrument cases. I am normally asked if I'm keeping a cat in my hat can which is strange enough, but this time I was asked something new. The first person wanted to know if I was carrying cymbals and another asked if it was my French Horn case. I guess being a one man band needs to be added to the 2013 Miss Rodeo America requirements.

Canby and Bremerton were full of laughs as well. I spent the week in Canby with my good friend and barrelman JJ Harrison who always leaves the crowd in stitches. Bremerton brought a week of crazy dancing. Whether it was me, a cute little boy, or some random person at the rodeo busting a move, I was constantly entertained. I am so thankful for these three rodeo committee's immense hospitality. Overall, August was a blast; not because of the hilarious things that happened, but because of the tremendous people I spent time with.

-Mackenzie Carr, Miss Rodeo America 2012