|5/8/2013 2:08:00 PM|
|Submitted by Rod Cool CHS FFA Adviser|
The Chelan County Fair Board of Directors have announced the 2013 Chelan County Fair Ambassadors. They are Apolinar Blanco and Jacob Straub.
Both youngsters are juniors at Chelan High School and members of the Chelan FFA chapter.
As ambassadors, they will be the "face of the fair" for the next six months as they will represent the fair at parades, community events and service club meetings. Their role is to inform and educate citizens of Chelan County about the specifics of the upcoming fair, how people can enter exhibits in the fair and the importance of agriculture to Chelan County.
The two were chosen out of nine applicants, and at the end of their service will receive a $1,000 scholarship for the work that they accomplished as Chelan County Fair Ambassadors.
Apolinar Blanco is the 17-year old-son of Apolinar and Margarita Blanco of Chelan. He has shown market hogs at the fair for the past four years. At Chelan High School he is also a member of the ASB leadership team, national honor society, science olympiad and the FFA. he is currently serving as the 2012-13 Chelan FFA chapter vice-president. He has also served as the Chelan FFA sentinel and the FFA District VII vice president. In addition to raising market hogs, he is employed as a line supervisor for Chelan Fruit during cherry harvest at the Beebe plant.
In FFA, Blanco has competed on the livestock evaluation, meats evaluation, apple judging, potato grading, ag issues forum, prepared public speaking, marketing plan, job interview, first year CDE and creed speaking events at the state level. His future plans are to attend Wenatchee Valley College or Walla Walla Community College, then transfer to Washington State University or the University of Idaho to become an agricultural education teacher and FFA adviser.
Jacob Straub is the 17-year-old-son of Marc and Julie Straub of Chelan. He has shown market hogs and meat goats for the past two years.
At Chelan High School he has been a member of the football and golf teams and the FFA. He is currently serving as the 2012-13 Chelan FFA treasurer, and has served in Chelan as a club officer and a District VII reporter. He has also competed in livestock evaluation, meats evaluation, tractor driving, apple judging, potato judging, marketing plan, ag issues forum, forestry and first-year member competitions at the state level.
Straub's future plans include attending Wenatchee Valley College, then transferring to the University of Idaho to pursue a degree in wildlife management.
Anyone interested in having their group or organization included on the itinerary of the 2013 Chelan County Fair Ambassadors schedule, contact Karen Welch, Chelan County Exposition Center Manager at (509) 782-3232.
"We'll see you in Cashmere in September where 'Country Pride is County Pride'," the newly named ambassadors said.
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