ERICA SAYLES FROM PARIS AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY
CROWNED 2017 CNE AMBASSADOR OF THE FAIRS
(Toronto, ON) August 20, 2017 – The Canadian National Exhibition is happy to announce Erica Sayles from Paris Fair (Paris Agricultural Society) as the winner of the 46th annual Ambassador of the Fairs Competition. The exclusive year-long title of Ambassador of the Fairs will take Erica across Ontario as a representative of the CNE and all agricultural fairs in the province.
Competing with more than 50 contestants over three days at the CNE, Sayles was one of seven finalists who participated in the final round of the competition on Sunday, August 20. Finalists were interviewed and judged on a wide range of criteria including knowledge of the CNE and Canadian agriculture, poise, self-confidence, public speaking and overall impression. The first runner-up was Sadie-Jane Hickson from Lindsay Agricultural Society and the second runner-up was Emily Van Bommel from Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society.
The Ambassador of the Fairs competition is a longstanding tradition at the CNE, aiming to educate and celebrate Canada’s rich history in agriculture. The contest has seen more than 3000 contestants from over 100 communities across the province throughout its 46 years. As the newly crowned winner of the 2017 CNE Ambassador of the Fairs, Sayles will participate in a series of official duties during the remaining 15 days of Canada’s largest fair while also representing her local agricultural community. Sayles will also take home a cash award of $3,500, an all-inclusive vacation courtesy of Air Transat, and a number of other prizes. the Above Press Release and photos generously provided by CNE Media Relations.
2017 Winning Contestants
Ambassador of the Fairs: Erica Sayles, Paris Agricultural Society
1st Runner-Up: Sadie-Jane Hickson, Lindsay Agricultural Society
2nd Runner-Up: Emily Van Bommel, Embro and Zorra Agricultural Society
Quinn Wilson, Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society
Katelyn Shantz, Wilmot Agricultural Society
Tori English, Norwood Agricultural Society
Victoria Ramseyer, Tavistock Agricultural Society
About the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
Founded in 1879, the Canadian National Exhibition is Canada’s largest community celebration and the fifth largest fair in North America. The 2016 CNE attracted 1.54 million people over 18 days, and the fair has an annual economic impact of $102.3 million on the province of Ontario and $69.3 million on the city of Toronto. www.TheEx.com