Fair Ambassador Information


The mission of the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo program is to provide a scholarship for higher education to outstanding young people in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo history and tradition while promoting community outreach and volunteerism.

Being selected as a Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo Ambassador is an honor and an outstanding opportunity; it is also a large responsibility. The position requires a time commitment and adherence to strict behavioral standards that, at times, may prevent participation in other school or personal activities.

Please consider the following before applying:

  • Ambassadors are public figures. Your words, your actions, and your past may be discussed by your school, the media and the community. As an “Ambassador”, you are always “on the record.” Think about what this means to you and your family before you apply.
  • During the school year events will take place either after school or on weekends. During June, July and August you will be attending and speaking at events around the County promoting the Yamhill County Fair & Rodeo. Ambassadors will be responsible for their own transportation; being on time for every event is of utmost importance.

Eligible Candidates:

  • Male or Female – unmarried
  • Permanent resident of Yamhill County
  • Be a graduating Senior this year or next year
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Must submit a sealed high school transcript along with application


Applications Due to Fair Office by March 22nd, 2024

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Ava Hargett

Ava Hargett

Fair Ambassador Ava Hargett, a 2023 graduate of Dayton Senior High School, was President of both the Dayton FFA Chapter and the Lower Willamette FFA District and Captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team. Ava’s advanced nursery landscape team placed first at the 2022 State FFA competition. She will show a market steer at this year’s County Fair. Ava plans to study Viticulture in Italy and play international Volleyball for Rome City Institute.

Calli Jordahl

Calli Jordahl

Fair Ambassador Calli Jordahl raises cattle and market lambs and has participated at the County Fair for seven years. She is a 2023 graduate of Yamhill-Carlton High School. Calli has competed in FFA Career & Leadership Development Events at State, including Parliamentary Procedure and Conduct of Chapter Meetings. Calli wants to become a Pediatric Physician Assistant and will attend the University of Colorado.

Hannah Hurty

Hannah Hurty

Fair Ambassador Hannah Hurty, a 2023 graduate of Summit Learning Charter, serves as President of the Country Critters 4-H Club and won 4-H Senior Sheep Showman in 2022. Hannah is the American Legion Oratorical Oregon State Champion and competed nationally in speech at the National Christian Forensics and Communications Assoc. Hannah plans to enroll in the Nursing program at George Fox University.

Nora Liesegang

Nora Liesegang

Fair Ambassador Nora Liesegang has been involved in 4-H and FFA. She is a 2023 graduate of Yamhill-Carlton High School. Nora has shown market goats for 10 years and entered Open Class art and photography. She was FFA Chapter Vice-President, Varsity Wrestling Team Captain, and a National Honor Society member. Nora will major in Animal Science at Colorado State University. Her goal is to be a veterinarian.

The 2023 Fair Ambassadors want to sincerely thank the following Sponsors for their generous
donations funding the college scholarships:

Yamhill County Board of Commissioners
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc.
United Steelworkers Local Union
Kit Johnston Farms

Past Yamhill County Fair and Rodeo Ambassadors

2011 – Jennifer Goddik and Grace Wildhaber

2012 – Andrea Hunter and Luke Wildhaber

2013 – Marissa Dyck and Katie Noragon

2014 – Kayla Davis, Joanna Kubes and Tia Piscitelli

2015 – Liberty Greenlund, Austin Lebsock-Binz and Sasha Perez

2016 – Courtney Croft, Samantha Roff and Erin Rush

2017 – Abigail (Abbey) Berhorst, Elsie Duyn and Tatiana DeHart

2018 – Abigayle Darula, Paige Schwarz and JD Stables

2019 – Emily Hembree, Isabell (Izzy) Tillotson and Christopher Trapp

2020 – Grace Adams and Cydney Stables

2021 – Cydney Stables

2022 – Madison Bingman, Cheyanna Kelly and Kaydence Vertner

2023 – Ava Hargett, Hannah Hurty, Calli Jordahl and Nora Liesegang

for questions about the ambassador program or inquiries about becoming a sponsor, please contact the Yamhill County Fair Grounds

2070 NE Lafayette Ave
McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: (503)434-7524
Fax: (503)435-1860
Email: yamhillcounty@gmail.com
Office Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Mon-Fri

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