Royalty named at Fall Fair since 1950

North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association’s Ambassador Program has a rich history that dates back all the way to 1950

Sylvia Sheaves was crowned Queen at the first North Thompson Fall Fair held in Louis Creek in 1950.

Sylvia Sheaves was crowned Queen at the first North Thompson Fall Fair held in Louis Creek in 1950.

The North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo Association’s Ambassador Program has a rich history that dates back all the way to 1950.  This program has the honour of being the third oldest Royalty Pageant in the Province of British Columbia and is the only Royalty Pageant still being hosted by a fall fair association.

Originally called ‘The Queen Pageant’, the Association changed the name in 2012 to the ‘NTFFRA Ambassador Program’ in an effort to better reflect the purposes of the program now being offered.  At that time, the Program Committee made a number of improvements to the curriculum, bringing it up to modern day standards without losing its valued traditions.

The NTFFRA Ambassador  Program is geared towards building self-confidence, personal awareness and self-motivation, all the while having “a whole lot of fun”. The committee stresses that this is not a “beauty contest”, or a “most popular girl contest”, rather a search for the newest Youth Ambassadors to proudly represent the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association and the entire North Thompson Valley.

The Program is open to any young lady enrolled in grades 9 through 11, who is a resident of the North Thompson Valley.  Home schooled young ladies are also welcome to participate.

Each year the new candidates are provided with training in the areas of public speaking, self-defence, equine awareness, hair and skin care, modelling, dancing, resume writing, proper etiquette, North Thompson Valley information and history, and the history of the NTFFRA.  In some years other training is provided when available.

Candidates also have an opportunity to travel as a group to other communities as they help to promote their area and participate in the candidate training process.

A number of bursaries are available to the candidates who take part in the program, and these are awarded at the annual NTFFRA Ambassador Coronation held in late August.

The committee is sensitive to the financial burdens that for some may be a reality; therefore, the cost to both the candidates and their families is kept minimal. Fund raising, community service, and the many wonderful candidate sponsors who step forward each year are the biggest part of the program’s success.

This program starts at the beginning of each year with a call for candidates, being presented in the schools by a recruitment committee, and is also advertised through valley media outlets.  Registration forms are completed, and once all the candidates have been signed up the program is underway for the calendar year.

The program participates in a number of events throughout the year, and hosts the following for the current candidates:

• NTFFRA Ambassador Apron Auction & Banner Night – Feb/March

• NTFFRA Ambassador ProgramSpeech & Talent Show – May/June

• NTFFRA Ambassador Program Coronation Ceremony – Late August

The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association appreciates and thanks all of the committee members and candidates who have participated in this program since the first crowning was held in 1950.

To all of the young ladies who have worn the North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo royalty crowns since that time the association says, “Thank you for being such sparkling ambassadors of our Association and of the North Thompson Valley, we have greatly enjoyed working with each and every one of you, and we remember you fondly each year.”

This coming Friday, Aug. 22, is the Ambassador Coronation where the young ladies who will be representing the North Thompson Valley for the 2014/2015 year will be crowned.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Lions Hall in Barriere, and the presentation starts at 7 p.m.  Come on out and show your support for our youth and our future.

If you would like more information on the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association’s Ambassador Program go to: www.fallfair-rodeo.com, or email: ntfallfair@gmail.com