Special to the St. Marys Journal Argus
EMBRO — Two young ladies have accepted the challenge of competing for the 2014-15 Embro Fair Ambassador.
The whole experience is a learning opportunity and an excellent item to add to one’s resumé. The public section of the competition begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 at the Embro West –Zorra Community Centre. You will be able to listen to the contestants’ prepared and impromptu speeches.
Contestant Jenna Chalkley of Embro completed her Bachelor of Arts in General Studies from Brock University and post-graduate from Fanshawe College in Corporate communications and public relations. She completed a 5 ½ month internship with Agriculture More Than Ever. She is a former coach with the Zorra Skating Club, helps with Embro Minor Ball in the area of public relations (currently developing the club’s website), volunteered at Camp Tanner, was a student ambassador while attending Fanshawe, and was on the Residence Action Council while attending Brock University.
Cahlkley currently works as a baker and storefront personal at the Thamesford Tim Horton’s while career searching in the area of agricultural public relations. Her sponsor is the Brooksdale Women’s Institute.
Contestant Margaret Walton from rural Braemar just started Conestoga College in the Recreation and Leisure program. In her final year at Woodstock Collegiate Institute, she was Prime Minister of the Music Council and a member of the orchestra and played hockey. She also coaches hockey, has acted on stage with Thistle Theatre, volunteers with the Embro Fair Board and with her church.
In the past, Walton did relief milking for her neighbours as a part-time job. Currently when not at classes, she works as a server at the Elm Hurst Inn & Spa in Ingersoll. Her career plans include working on a cruse ship. Margaret’s sponsor is the Braemar Women’s Institute.
The current 2013-2014 Embro Fair Ambassador Alexis Kramer received the 2014 CNE Congeniality Award. The award is voted on by fellow ambassadors who attended the Canadian National Expedition (CNE) ambassador competition in Toronto in August. Congratulations to Alexis!
The Embro Fair's directors have spent a year planning numerous activities for all ages.
This year’s fair dates are Sept. 12-14 and all the action takes place at the Embro West Zorra Community Centre, 355644 35th Line, except for the parade route which begins at Matheson Park and ends at the fairgrounds.
Entries for the fair arrive Thursday evening and Friday morning before the judging begins at noon.
Friday night, the fair will officially be opened by this year’s Community Service winners, Robyn and Richard Donker, at 7:30 p.m. Sitting nervously in their chairs will be the contestants for the Ambassador competition for they are next on the agenda to deliver their prepared speeches and then the impromptu speeches.
While the judges are making their decision (the interviews were completed earlier in the evening) the audience will be entertained with Embro’s version of “Family Feud.”
Rise and Shine comes early on the Saturday of the fair — the floats for the parade have to ready by 9:30 a.m., the Southwestern Ontario Highland Dance Competition begins at 9 a.m., and the 4-H calves have to be washed for their show later in morning for the Bennington Cody 4-H Dairy Club Achievement and for the open 4-H show.
Oh yes . . . one more group: The cooks in the kitchen are busy preparing a noon meal.
Free kids activities (the Fair Olympics) occur from 1-4 p.m., while there’s a variety show at 2 p.m. on the stage in the arena. Look for the zip lining, an all-breeds Open dairy heifer show, and games around the grounds.
For the over-19 crowd, the dance begins at 9:30 p.m. with Kerosene Creek, a six-piece band formed in 2011 that has been igniting the Canadian country music scene. Their first single, “Girls Get in Free,” was picked as a finalist in radio station KICX 106.7’s songwriting contest in 2012. They released their second single, “Hand Me Down Man,” in May of this year. Both songs are available on iTunes.
Ticket price for Saturday’s dance is $15.
On Sunday morning, the non-denominational church service begins at 10 a.m. The Heavy Horse and Haflinger shows also begin at 10 a.m. And brunch, prepared by the Sim School of Highland Dance, begins at 11 a.m.
Anyone for a friendly game of beach volleyball, the tournament begins at 11 a.m. west of the lawn bowling site. Pre-register your team with Michelle Hutchison at 519-285-2517 and visit the Embro Fair website (www.embrofair.com) for rules.
Face painting, balloon animals and a petting zoo will be part of the free children’s activities on Sunday afternoon, along with Kids Olympics from 1-4 p.m. Tug-o-war and junior tug-o-war begins at 1 p.m., with the pet show starting at 3 p.m. inside the arena.
Beginning at 1 p.m. is everyone’s favourite, the Baby Show for youngsters from birth to 18 months. There is still time to register your adorable baby by calling Sandra at 519-475-6205.