Meet Your Returning 2019 Ambassadors

For frequently asked questions see the bottom of this page…

Taylor Rubalcaba:
This is Taylor Rubalcaba’s 3rd year  as Mesa County fair ambassador.  Taylor will be a Senior at Central High School. He is involved in many activities like band, 4H, JROTC and was accepted in the Colorado State Patrol Youth Academy this summer. Taylor looks forward to enjoying the family fun activities and fair food at the  2018 Mesa County Fair and hopes everyone will join him!
Garret Dupper:

Garret Dupper is a Colorado native who has spent his entire life on a small farm in Western Colorado. For his education he attended Intermountain Adventist Academy followed by Life Academy and then onto Union College in Lincoln, NE where he currently is. He is majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. When back home on the farm he enjoys working with the animals. He currently has three red Border Collies, Ellie May, Hank, and Reba, a Blue Heeler, Dutchess, nine gerbils, two goats, fish, chickens, a cat, and two registered Quarter Horse mares, Co-coa a sorrel, and Turtle a Palomino. When not caring for these animals, plus the many others on the farm, he enjoys competing in Ranch Sorting events. Another hobby of his is collecting model horses. And of course he loves the Mesa County Fair and is excited for its arrival once again and he hopes to see you there, Where Hard Work Meets Fun!

Tommy Somerville was born and raised in Grand Junction Colorado, Tommy is currently enrolled at Fruita Monument High School where he is a Sophomore. Tommy is also enrolled at Career Center where he is studying small engines and how to repair them. Tommy is currently enrolled in 4-H for his 8th year and is now enrolled in the Fruita FFA for his first year. Tommy has shown Horses for the last 7 years in 4-H. Tommy is apart of the Tri River Area Horse Judging Team. Tommy has also shot archery and has qualified for the state team for the last 2 years Tommy has shown sheep for the past 6 years in 4-H he also has his own herd of sheep. This year Tommy is apart of the catch-a-heifer program through 4-H and the Cattlemen’s association. Tommy lives on his family’s farm where they raise quarter horses and is starting to grow a cattle herd along with Tommy’s sheep herd. Tommy likes to hunt, fish, and repair vehicles. Tommy is super excited to meet new people and to learn how the fair works.

Sydney Camp is 17 years old and a junior at Mesa Valley Community School.  This is Sydney’s first year being an ambassador, and she is very excited to have this opportunity. She moved to Grand Junction five years ago from Lakewood Colorado. She grew up on a small farm where her passion for the outdoors and working with animals began. It was because of this passion she got involved with her local 4-H and she has continued working hard in the program ever since. She is also a diligent student who takes classes at Colorado Mesa University and at Mesa Valley Community School to prepare herself for her future. After she graduates next year she plans to earn her first degree at Colorado Mesa University and then head to Colorado State University to become a veterinarian. In her spare time, she participates in several sports, is on a marksmanship team, volunteers many weekends with the Mesa County Search and Rescue Dog Team, and of course gets her animals ready for the fair. She has many fond memories of the fair and cannot wait to get more involved with the ambassador program. Her experiences working with a variety of people, working as a team, and passion for the fair will make her a great asset to the ambassador program.

Grace Gardner was born and raised in Grand Junction Colorado and has been educated at home since pre-school. Grace joined 4-H in 2006, and has been heavily involved ever since. Over the years she’s shown rabbits, poultry, goats, and horses, in addition to serving in club leadership positions and completing various indoor projects. It was through 4-H that she learned about the ambassador program, and this is her first year serving in that capacity. Outside of 4-H Grace works as a skateguard at Spin City, cares of her animals, and after finishing her senior year of high school plans to attend Colorado Mesa University in the fall to start on a degree in biology. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the Roice-Hurst Humane Society, reading, painting, rock climbing, and playing guitar. Grace loves the fair and everything leading up to it, and is so excited to be a part of this year’s ambassador program!

Brooke Hahn, a second-year ambassador, has been involved with 4-H since she was eight, but her love of all things feathered started long before that. Brooke is an honors high school student and currently taking college-level classes through CSU Global. After high school, she plans to finish her Bachelors in Biology. She then hopes to further her education with masters and possibly a doctorate in Ornithology and then work in the area of conservation. She has been breeding chickens and call ducks for 6 years, developing her own lines of high-quality show birds. She owns geese, pigeons, and pheasants as well. Brooke is also an avid photographer. She has had pieces hung at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Society, was recently a finalist in a global photography contest for high school and college students and a finalist in the 2018 Photographers Forum Best of Photography publication. Having many fond memories from past fairs, Brooke hopes she can help to make your fair just as memorable as hers.

Thanks to Stephanie Hyrup for the amazing photos!

2018 Ambassadors

2019 Returning Ambassadors

2018 Ambassador Event Photos

Frequently Asked Questions

Why YOU Should Become A Mesa County Fair Ambassador

By Garret Dupper

  • It boosts self-confidence
  • Aids in public speaking
  • Improves leadership skills
  • Promotes working as a team
  • Opens new opportunities
  • Improves people skills
  • Teaches you about advertising
  • You can be a mentor to those coming up
  • Application & Interview experience
  • People have gotten scholarships solely for being an Ambassador
  • Prepares you for the future
  • You get to be on TV and the radio
  • Give back to the community
  • Make new friends
  • It is a ton of fun

I have been a Mesa County Fair Ambassador the past four years. I have learned a lot of things and I am very grateful for the program. I have had a lot of fun doing it in the past and I want you to be able to get stuff out of it as I have. That is why it would be really awesome if you did apply and we were able to work together serving the community.

What is an Ambassador?

Ambassadors are the face – and sometimes the voice – of the Mesa County Fair. Folks who come to the Fair may ask you questions. You’ll also have opportunities for TV and radio interviews, will appear (as a group) on our TV ads, and may be asked to represent the fair at service club meetings and other events. Plus you get to help organize some of the fun events and contests!  Each year is a bit different as opportunities arise to promote the Fair.

Thank you for your interest, the deadline to apply to be a Mesa County Fair Ambassador has passed. Contact us in February of 2018!

In the meantime take a look at our Ambassador FAQ below…

Do I have to cover any costs to be an ambassador? Is there an application fee?

The ambassadors provide their own black hat, the Fair provides the band for guys and hat tiara for girls. Ambassador Shirts provided; there is no application fee.

What exactly do I have to do as an Ambassador?

You will be the face – and sometimes the voice – of the Mesa County Fair. Folks who come to the Fair may ask you questions and you’ll help to organize some of the fun events such as contests. You’ll also have opportunities for TV and radio interviews, will appear (as a group) on our TV ads, and may be asked to represent the fair at service club meetings and other events. Each year is a bit different as opportunities arise to promote the Fair.

Do I have to pay for the professional photography that is used for Ambassadors?

Absolutely not, the Fair covers all of these costs.

Do I have to be a member of 4H or FFA?

No, just an interest and passion for our community – and our Fair!

Do I have to have a driver’s license?

No, but you do need to have reliable, prompt transportation to and from interviews, scheduled appearances, or events.

How many hours am I expected to commit?

As we prepare for our Fair, only a few hours a month is required, however, the month of July is very busy. We work hard to accommodate our Ambassador’s schedules, but 5-15 hours a week the two weeks before the Fair and 20-30 hours the week of the Fair may not be unusual.

Will there be training?

Yes, our very own Dixie Burmeister will conduct training sessions to prepare you for interacting with the public, interviews by the media, and appearances on both TV and radio. It’s not only fun, but past Ambassadors have said that this training is excellent preparation for jobs and college requirements!

How many TV and radio interviews will there be?

We try to include as many of the Ambassadors as we can on all of our schedules. In previous years, almost all of our Ambassadors have been included. Your own availability is a large factor in this scheduling, so the more you’re available, the more you’ll be included. However, we are sensitive to the fact that not everyone is comfortable in front of a microphone or camera, and we do make allowances for this.

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