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Thanks to Nicole Marie Photography for this years background photo!

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Meet Your 2018 Returning Ambassadors

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  2017 Mesa County Fair and hopes everyone will join him!
Cora Lemon:

Cora Lemon is currently a student of Rocky Mountain Center for Ortho Bionomy, learning a holistic approach to healing physical trauma by working through all systems of the body. This is her last year in 4-H before she ages out of the program. Every year that she has been involved she has consistently shown pigs occasionally trying other projects such as cakes, or sewing. Growing up on a small-hobby farm, has led to her passion for agriculture and she is a co-owner in her family’s swine breeding business, LX Show Pigs. This is Cora’s second year as a Mesa County Fair Ambassador. She is currently employed by the City of Grand Junction as a Lifeguard/Manager as well as the Coop Country in Palisade. Cora enjoys being with her animals, swimming, gardening and enjoying outdoors. She is the second eldest of six children. In the future, Cora dreams of starting a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm to further help serve her community.

Garret Dupper:

Garret Dupper is a Colorado native who has spent his entire life on the western slope. For school he attended Intermountain Adventist Academy until the eighth grade. After that he attended Life Academy for high school and will be attending Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska this fall. From there he hopes to attend CSU to get a degree in Veterinary Medicine. He is very active in 4-H despite him being in only one project, horse. He has been a Mesa County Fair Ambassador for the past three years, he is the current president of Enterprise Wranglers 4-H club, and he is the current Vice President and Secretary of the Mesa County 4-H Horse Council. When he is not busy with 4-H activities he enjoys working with his animals. He has two Quarter Horses, Turtle and Co-coa, two dogs, Ellie May, a Border Collie, and Dutchess, a Blue Heeler. He also has fish, chickens, goats, raises gerbils and helps out with the numerous other farm animals. Another hobby of his is collecting model horses. As always he is anticipating the arrival of the Mesa County Fair and hopes to see you there.t store. Fair is another one of his favorite things, and he look forward to it once again this year.

New 2018 Ambassadors

Johana Sicheneder:

Johana Sicheneder is nineteen years old and was born and raised in California. She is currently attending college at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas where she is studying to get a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Once she has completed her degree, her goal is to attend graduate school to become a livestock nutritionist. Johana chose to study animal science due to her love for animals and more specifically, livestock. She was involved in her local 4-H from the age of five years old through her freshman year of high school. She was also involved in FFA throughout all four years of high school and held the officer position of secretary her junior year. Through both 4-H and FFA she bred and raised her own herd of Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats as well as showing market hogs, sheep, and steers, at two fairs a year until she graduated from high school. Johana is very glad to have the opportunity to serve as a Mesa County fair ambassador this year and is looking forward to meeting a lot of new people.

2018 Ambassadors Continued:

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 sense. 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 from 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 with 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 has been involved with 4H 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 hopes to attend CSU and earn her degree in Biology with a minor in education. 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 5 years, developing her own lines of high-quality show birds. Her newest bird adventure is show pigeons. Brooke is also an avid photographer. She has had pieces hung at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Society and was recently a finalist in a global photography contest for high school and college students. Having many fond memories from past fairs, Brooke hopes she can help to make your fair just as memorable as hers.

Photos coming soon!

2018 Ambassador Event Photos

Meet Last Years Ambassadors

Lauren Klenda from KREX News Channel 5  hosted ALL six of last year’s Ambassadors LIVE in studio, for a sneak peak at what you can expect take a look…

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  2017 Mesa County Fair and hopes everyone will join him!
Destiny Hoselton: 
Destiny is a 17 year old, junior at Central High School, this will be her first year as a Mesa County Fair Ambassador. She comes with a willingness to help anywhere she is needed, to work with new ambassadors as a team and to complete the tasks assigned to them. She will make a great addition to the team. Destiny participates in an Equine Club at Central High School. She is huge into animals and wants to become a veterinarian. She really likes to help the community become a better place. She likes to hunt, fish, and go camping with family and friends in her free time. She also has previously participated in 4-H, and plans on doing it again. Her dogs play a huge role in her life and she spends a lot of time with them.
Brandon Wesley Huff:

Brandon is a very resourceful, and reliable person to have on hand. He does what is asked of him in a timely manner and works well with others. His experience includes working for the police department, and working some construction jobs. He is good at putting a plan into action and delegating to others what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. He is also very involved in his church, and attends the youth group regularly. Also, he participates, and helps run the food and clothing ministry on Wednesday nights. He organizes and stocks the shelves in the “food room” and has been trusted to work by himself with access to all doors and rooms. He has shown himself to be a trustworthy individual, who completes all tasks all the way and will do each task to the best of his ability. He is a tremendous help to those around him and takes direction and correction well; and puts those things into practice. He also uses what he has learned to try and help others in similar positions. Overall, he is a very trustworthy and hard-working individual who is a great help for any team of people. He will do everything as good as he can or will find someone to help, or that is better qualified to handle the situation.

Garret Dupper:

He was born in the year of 1999 here in Grand Junction, Colorado in St. Mary’s Hospital. He spent the first four years of life growing and learning on their farm on the outskirts of Grand Junction. In the fall of 2003 he started Preschool at Intermountain Adventist Academy where he continued to go to until he graduated the 8th grade in 2014. After graduating out of Intermountain Adventist Academy he started the 9 th grade at Life Academy where he continues to attend. In the year of 2011 he started 4-H when a friend of his asked if he would be interested in doing 4-H with her. He was very interested and soon began an exciting, fun, educational, new adventure in the horse 4-H project. The first year of 4-H he did not show his horse because his parents and 4-H leader felt he was ready, so he continued to work and was able to show the following year. The year after that he stayed in the novice division since he got a new horse, but he passed his level 1 test the following year and started a new adventure as a senior. Two years ago he passed his Level 2 Ranch test as well as being an Ambassador for the first time. This year he is continuing to be in the horse project and self determined project. Also this year he is the Reporter/Historian for the Mesa County 4-H Council. In October of 2015 he was hired as a part time kennel tech. He started working at Amigo Animal Clinic later that month. He has enjoyed watching and assisting in several surgeries and procedures such as an emergency C-section and an autopsy on a horse. While working there he has learned a lot of important medical related things that will benefit me as he plan to go to college to be a veterinarian. In his free time he enjoys working with his mare, Cocoa and Border Collie, Ellie May. He also enjoys collecting Breyer and Peter Stone model horses. More recently he has started raising gerbils for a local pet store. Fair is another one of his favorite things, and he look forward to it once again this year.

Ashley Teal:

Ashley Teal is 18 years old, and recently graduated from Central High School with a 4.5 GPA. In high school, Ashley played basketball and violin. She will be attending Colorado Mesa University on a full ride, planning to major in Biology with a minor in Wildlife Management. Ashley plans to be a game warden after college. This will be her 4th year as a Mesa County Fair Ambassador. Ashley participates heavily in 4-H, especially shooting sports. This will be her 9th year in 4-H. This year she is showing lambs. She is also participating in cake decorating, scrapbooking, archery, shotgun, and muzzleloading. Ashley has competed in shooting sports at the local, state, and national level. One year, she received 7th place in the nation Outdoor Skill Discipline. Outside of 4-H, Ashley shoots archery and shotgun competitively. She participates in the Scholastic Clay Target Program for shotgun and is involved in many archery organizations. She has also competed at local, state, and world events in these disciplines. She is on a pro staff for an archery equipment company. Ashley is super excited for this years fair, and can’t wait for new memories to be created!on.

Cora Lemon:

Cora Lemon is a recent graduate of Palisade High School. She has been involved in 4-H for nine years. Growing up on a small hobby farm, Cora has a big passion for agriculture. Cora is a co-owner of her family’s swine breeding business, LX Show Pigs. This is Cora’s first year as a Mesa County Fair Ambassador. Cora is currently employed by the City of Grand Junction as a Lifeguard. Cora enjoys being outdoors, with her animals, swimming, and painting. Cora is from a big family, she is the second eldest of six children. In the fall Cora will attend Rocky Mountain Center for Ortho Bionomy learning a holistic approach to healing physical trauma. In the future she also hopes to start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm to further help serving her community. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Thanks to the Epic Escape Game for letting out Ambassadors work on their team building skills!

Thanks to the Epic Escape Game for hosting team building with our 2017 Mesa County Ambassadors!

Thanks to Nicole Marie Photography for this years background photo!

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