A fifth generation dairy famer, Cadence Beck sat among her peers this evening at the Annual Shawville Fair Ambassador’s Presentation evening patiently waiting to tell her story and persuade the judges that she would be a great youth leader and representative of the fair.
“I came to this fair as a baby and rode kiddy rides with my parents,” she recollected. “Over the years, I learned to show and from there I grew into myself,” she told the group of friends, family and onlookers who came out to see this years’ group of Ambassador hopefuls.
Beck was up against some great competition among Brody Campbell, Marissa Lang and Reese Rusenstom. Each candidate took to the podium in turn to speak about their own role as an Ambassador and their love of the Fair.
Marissa Lang, Agriculture Awareness Ambassador, spoke of her interest in teaching other kids about where food and other products come from. She invited the audience to come to the agricultural awareness tent and to learn as much as they could about farming. While Reese Rusenstrom, 4-H Ambassador explained the merits of belonging to the 4-H community and its impact on her interest in the farming.
Once every participant spoke, they were each asked an impromptu question about the Fair and gave a candid answer. “This impromptu question aspect of the judging is new to the competition this year,” said Holly Campbell, one of the event’s organizers and a former Fair Ambassador herself.
At the end of the evening, it all came down to a score card according to judges Christine Rieux and Maurice Beauregarde. “We were given a score card and we awarded marks to each candidate based on their effort in each category. All of these young people were very strong and it was very very close.” Rieux added, “This really was a hard decision. Every Ambassador was very well prepared. This is so good to see.”
With the speeches over, the judges too a long time to deliberate. On their return, Kayla McCann, Vice-President of the Fair Board spoke in behalf of President Tyler McCann thanking everyone who came out to support the candidates and the program. And telling the Ambassador hopefuls that the Shawville Fair is a better because of their participation.
Cadence Beck could not have been more surprised when her name was called and 2018 Ambassador, Alex Mayhew crowned her Ambassador for 2019. She later admitted that she was very nervous, but that she was super proud to be selected and was now looking very much forward to the Fair weekend.