The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association’s Ambassador Program Banner Night and Apron Auction was held at the Barriere Lion’s Hall on April 24.
This night is the introduction to the public of the new Ambassador Candidates for the coming season.
The current reigning Ambassadors for 2013/2014, introduced the new candidates and also officiated as masters of ceremony for the evenings presentation.
The 2014 candidates introduced were: Lee Dionne, sponsored by the Catholic’s Women’s League; Annemarie Butcher, sponsored by Armour Mountain Office Services; and Jillian McInnes, sponsored by Stamer Logging.
The Apron Auction, with Gordie West doing the honours as auctioneer, followed the formal introduction of the candidates into the Ambassador Program. The auction is a fundraiser to support the program expenses during the year. Each girl had designed and made an apron that would hopefully attract attention and produce a buyer. With West’s skill as the auctioneer, each apron sold quickly and for a good price.
This event marks the start of many more public appearances for the 2014 candidates. They will also participate in a number of training sessions that will prepare them to be good representatives for their home town, the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and the North Thompson Valley. Throughout the contest, judges evaluate their performance at each of the events which will include a speech contest, a talent show and more. The candidates also serve the public at the annual Mother’s Day Tea held in the Barriere Seniors Hall.
The new Ambassador and Vice-Ambassadors is decided on by a panel of judges in August – just in time to for the annual North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo event that starts on Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.