Bridgette McDonald represents Manitoulin at the CNE Ambassador of the Fairs

Providence Bay Fair Ambassador 2014 Bridgette McDonald, fourth from right, on stage with a few of her fellow contestants at the Canadian National Exhibition Ambassadors of the Fairs.

TORONTO—Providence Bay Fair Ambassador 2014 Bridgette McDonald represented the Providence Bay Agricultural Society at the 44th annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Ambassador of the Fairs this past week.

Bridgette competed against 77 contestants from across the province  in one-on-one interviews, a stage presentation and speeches on agriculture.

“It was a really great three day experience, long but well worth it,” Bridgette told The Expositor. “My favourite part was meeting all the contestants and making friends with girls from all over Ontario. The parade every day that we got to participate in as part of mardis gras was also really neat. During my free time I checked out the exhibition place, which was really cool, and there was lots of great entertainment. The overall experience really pushed me to meet new people and that’s something that I will defiantly use in the future.”

Since its inception in 1971, more than 3,000 youth from 100 communities throughout Ontario have taken part in the CNE Ambassador of the Fairs event. The year-long title takes the winner across Ontario as a representative of the CNE and all agricultural fairs. The winner also receives $3,500, while the top seven contestants receive cash prizes as well.

This year, for the second time in history, a male won the title of Ambassador of the Fairs, Matt Garwood who was representing Flos Agricultural Society.

The first male to win the title was Chris Enns in 2003.

This year also marks a first for the Providence Bay Fair Ambassador competition, as it was the first year the fair had a male contestant, David Hall of Gore Bay, who received the congeniality award.

Though Bridgette didn’t bring home the title she has an exciting fall to look forward to as the Gore Bay teen will be heading to Queen’s University this fall to study nursing.

The CNE runs from Friday, August 21 to Monday, September 7 in Toronto. For the schedule and advance tickets visit www.theex.com.