Ambassador’s Message – Tori Acres

It is so hard to believe that it was just over a year I was awarded the role of the 2019-2020 Rodney-Aldborough Fair Ambassador, and yet that night was unforgettable. During the weekend of the fair I got to take part in many activities and it was so incredible to know that I was contributing to the same fair I’d submitted projects to be judged in elementary school — but in a different way. To interact with community members, see the smiles on the kid and adult faces alike, hand out ribbons at the cattle show, or cheer alongside my neighbours and friends at the Demolition Derby was amazing. I felt like royalty during the parade and throughout the weekend. It truly felt surreal and was such a wonderful and unique experience and one I will always think of fondly.

The role of the Fair Ambassador did not end with the fair weekend though. I was given the opportunity to go to both the District 13 Fair Meeting and the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Convention. At the District Meeting I was introduced to the other Fair Ambassadors from neighbouring communities, which was an incredible group of young men and women. At the convention in February I got to meet all of the Fair Ambassadors from both near and far. While we had a wonderful weekend of entertainment, we also made great connections and were given seminars informing us of relevant issues or learning helpful skills. Some of these skills were public speaking, leadership skills, and professionalism. In turn, I got to represent our community and agricultural society. That weekend was another memory made by the fair and one I will never forget.

Usually the Fair Ambassador also has the honour of attending and competing at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto for the title of Ambassador of the Fairs. Due to Covid-19 the CNE did not happen this year. I am however, so excited to share that I’ve been allowed to carry on the role of the Rodney-Aldborough Fair Ambassador for the 2020-2021 year and I cannot be more happy to have the honour of representing our wonderful community once again at Convention and then at the CNE.

This past year has been so incredible and I am so thankful for the opportunity. I’ve had so much fun, made so many connections, learned so many valuable skills, and have learned so much about and become more confident in myself. I will always be grateful to everyone who made this incredible and unique opportunity possible, including: the Fair Board, the Agricultural Society, and each and every one of the community members. Thank you all for your continued support of the fair, there is truly no community I’d rather represent in the coming year and I could not be more proud to be a part of it. I just hope I make our amazing community proud in Toronto. See you at the 2021 fair!