Local aims for CNE post
BY STEVEN WARBURTON
Staff Sydney Carson, a relatively new Maxville resident, hopes to become the next Ambassador of Fairs at the upcoming Canadian National Exhibition (CNE.)
Miss Carson, 21, qualified for the competition after being crowned the Listowel Fair Ambassador in July of 2016. She says the competition consisted of an interview, a prepared threeminute speech and then an improvised presentation.
She spoke about the importance of supporting local agriculture, stressing that money spent on area farms tends to get pumped right back into the community. These competitions are all about promotion agriculture, rural life and community-mindedness.
In winning, she bested five other competitors and qualified for the provincial contest at the CNE in Toronto. She imagines she’ll be competing with about 80 other ambassadors there.
The CNE says about the competition: “For more than 40 years, young representatives from fairs across Ontario have competed to become the Ambassador of the Fairs. This year-long title takes the winner across Ontario as a representative of the CNE and all agricultural fairs.
“Since its inception in 1971, more than 3,000 young people from 100 communities throughout the province, have taken part in this illustrious contest.”
The competition will have a similar structure to the one in Listowel. There will be an interview process and then the judges will select the top seven
Sydney Carson candidates to move on to the next level, the public speeches. The three best will do an improvised speech before the winner is crowned. Miss Carson moved to Maxville in order to be closer to her boyfriend, Campbell Kippen, who she met...