Be A Part of A Markham Fair Tradition, Markham Fair Ambassadors

Ambassadors of Markham Fair

Past Ambassadors from Left to Right Top: Gerri O’Brien, Kelly Davis, Wendy Harris, Cindy Schickedanz, Bianca Modino - Bottom: Ashley Mast, Jamie VanderHenne, Sonja Mondino, Laura Wannop

The Markham Fair has been a community tradition for 166 years.  One of Canada’s largest agricultural fairs, Markham Fair began as a way to bring farmers together to discuss agricultural improvements and showcase the fruits of their labour.  Presently it serves to   provide agricultural education and awareness within our community.  It is also an annual event that brings friends and family together and for others it is a way to get involved in the community. As the Markham Fair grew over the years, the board of directors decided in 1973 that they would provide another avenue for young women in the community to get involved in the fair. Following the example of other agricultural fairs they initiated the Markham Fair Princess Competition. Gerri Seeley helped to start the competition and is currently a vital part of the competition committee.  In her      opinion the competition has been a first step into the Markham fair as a volunteer for many young women and she has witnessed several past Fair Princess’ become president of the Fair.  In addition the competition has been a way for those involved to develop their public speaking skills, interview skills, and a way for people to build connections.  The side bar is a list of all our past ambassadors; check it out to see if you might know anyone.

In 2004 the competition was renamed the Ambassador Competition to encourage both young men and women to get involved.  Over the four days of the fair the team has the            opportunity to get involved in fair events by handing out ribbons and judging           competitions, greeting visitors and competitors and spreading the word as to why the fair is an integral part of the community.  An ambassador’s job doesn’t end with the fair, but   continues throughout the year.  The ambassador team continues to represent the Markham Fair at the Markham and Stouffville Santa Claus Parades and the Unionville Festival.  The Lead Ambassador also has the opportunity to represent the Markham Fair at the Canadian National Exhibition in the summer, competing against other fair        ambassadors from around Ontario. The Ambassador competition and the duties of the  Ambassador Team continue to allow young people of York Region to volunteer within the Markham community, develop public speaking skills, how to interact with diverse groups of people, and gain a better understanding of the importance of agriculture in our contemporary society.

If you or someone you know, that is between the ages of 18 and 24 as of August 2013, who enjoys or wants to develop their public speaking skills, experience new ways to serve the community, meet new people, develop new friendships, learn more about agriculture and be involved for the duration of the fair can apply to become part of the 2012 Ambassador Team.  The competition will be held Thursday September 27th at 6:00pm at the Markham Fair in the Jazz tent by the Ambassador Committee.  As a competitor you will be interviewed by a panel of judges, answer general questions about the fair and the community we live in, give a two minute speech on a topic of your choice in front of family and friends.  Contact the fair office at 905-642-3247 or e-mail by Wednesday September 19th if you are interested in competing.  If you want to know more about the Markham Fair Ambassador Competition, the Markham Fair, or how to get involved visit or find us on facebook.

By Wendy Harris and Kelly Davis