Lo­cal aims for CNE post

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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...

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