DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The clock is ticking for entries to this year's Fair Ambassador Contest, which will crown a winner in time for the 149th edition of the Uxbridge Fall Fair this September.
Last year, after a brief hiatus, the Fair Ambassador contest returned with great fanfare. Once again, the contest is being organized by Jenn Megens, Uxbridge's 2004 Fair Ambassador, who has remained involved with the fair since her reign nearly 10 years ago.
"I got involved with the fair ambassador program when I was of age and it taught me many wonderful lessons that I have continued to use," Ms. Megens told The Standard. "It's such a fantastic opportunity that I wouldn't want others to miss out on."
Last year, Ms. Megens' younger sister Sylvia was crowned Uxbridge Fair Ambassador.
The Fair Ambassador contest is open to local men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 with an interest in representing the fair as well as the Uxbridge community as a whole.
"Ideally, the ambassador is someone with leadership qualities, who is looking to add more," said Ms. Megens. "Also, it's someone who is willing to put themselves out there and have a lot of fun while representing the community and the fair."
For Ms. Megens, the experience of being Fair Ambassador was one she looks back fondly on.
"The demolition derby night is unbelievable with all of the different people you meet," she said. "And it's still a country fair. When I was ambassador in 2004, I spent the Sunday announcing different competitions as well as showing my beef cattle."
In order to become Uxbridge's next Fair Ambassador, those interested are asked to submit a resume and complete a 250 word essay on the topic of 'What will be attracting you to the 2013 Uxbridge Fall Fair?'. All entries are due by Monday, Aug. 5.
In addition to serving at the fair between Sept. 6 and 9, the winner will also attend a leadership conference at Toronto's Royal York Hotel as well as compete against other Fair Ambassadors from across Ontario at the CNE.
Ms. Megens did have some advice as a former winner for those who may be interested in running for the crown.
"If you're even just thinking about it, please contact me or any Fair Board member to learn more," Ms. Megens said. "And just do it, it's such a great opportunity and a lot of fun."
For more information on the Fair Ambassador contest, please contact Jenn Megens by phone at 905-649-0515, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to represent your community as the 2013 Uxbridge Fair Ambassador.
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