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The trio are local high school students who are well versed in the history of the annual event

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Christopher Trapp, Emily Hembree (center) and Isabell Tillotson are the 2019 ambassadors for the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo.

The Yamhill County Fair Board has selected a trio of area high school students as the 2019 ambassadors for the annual County Fair and Rodeo: Isabell Tillotson, Christopher Trapp and Emily Hembree.

Dean Shulze, chairman of the board, praised the students for impressing the interview panel with their enthusiasm.

"These talented young people have all mentored others through their leadership in school activities, 4-H and FFA," he said in a press release. "Our judges faced a tough decision with six outstanding applicants, but we all agreed Emily, Izzy and Christopher will represent Yamhill County very well."

Tillotson, who graduated this spring from Dayton High School, said being part of the fair and rodeo has been an "amazing experience."

"For the past five summers, I have enjoyed every second at our fair," she said. "This is an excellent place for children to learn about 4-H, FFA and the wonderful accomplishments you can have when you work hard toward a goal. As an ambassador, I will tell people across our county about how exciting it is to participate at (the) fair or to just come to visit the barns and be entertained."

Trapp, a recent McMinnville High School graduate, has been a 4-H exhibitor at the fair for the past eight years. He said what he enjoyed most was the "comraderie, good sportsmanship and the willingness to always be learning."

"One of the 4-H mottos is 'To make the best better' and you can see that motto in action at our fair," he said. "I am very pleased to have this opportunity to represent my school and my 4-H club as I share my experiences and the fun activities that await you and your family at the Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo."

Hembree, who will be a senior at Willamina High School in the fall, has shown animals at the fair since she was in fourth grade.

While she has shown animals at other fairs, the Yamhill County event stands out.

"Our fair has so much to see and do," she said. "The animals and carnival rides; the art and horticulture; the rodeo and concerts. The Yamhill County Fair has the best 'family feel.' I love being an ambassador to support our fair and represent the great community that I am proud to be a part of."

The ambassadors will participate in parades in the county and make speeches about the fair, which runs July 31 through Aug. 3.

A new event this year will let fair goers in early at 8 p.m. July 30 for a concert.

Each ambassador will receive a $1,000 college scholarship sponsored by donations from several groups and organizations.

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