Speer keeping busy as Elementary School Fair Ambassador - Aug. 30, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Brussels-area student James Speer has been serving as the Ambassador for the Elementary School Fair for several weeks now and one of his goals is to ensure a thriving field for next year’s ambassador.
“This year’s competition was good, but I was the only contestant there,” he said. “My goal is to make more people to participate. I want to spread awareness of the competition.”
While he was the only competitor, Speer still addressed the judges, taking part in a speech competition in March.
The pre-determined topic was “Welcoming the World to Huron County” and, on the heels of the International Plowing Match (IPM) in Walton in 2017, Speer said there was a lot of information from which he could draw.
“I talked a lot about the IPM,” he said. “I also talked about how Huron County is a settlement and everyone has roots somewhere.”
Speer’s speech talked about how his mother, Margaret, is a first generation Huron County resident, but his father Dave had moved from Brockville.
He also said that the roots of each person in Huron County can be celebrated, pointing to organizations like the Brussels Legion Pipe Band and the Goderich Celtic Festival.
“Everything from those events to baking recipes is a throwback to other cultures,” he said. “The world is a part of Huron County.”
Speer said he also talked about farming in Huron County because that’s how the world knows the community.
Thus far, his responsibilities have included helping out at craft days for the fair, visiting schools to promote the competition, handing out fair books and reminding students to participate.
“There should be no excuse for anyone to be bored over the summer,” he said. “I challenged everyone to beat me in the large zucchini contest. I already have a giant one, but I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of them.”
Speer has also participated in parades, attended the Huron County Plowing Match and visited the opening of local farmers’ markets.
“It’s been very busy,” he said.
As for encouraging people to try and claim the crown for themselves, Speer said that there is a lot of fun to be had as the Ambassador.
“You get to do a lot of fun stuff,” he said, explaining he did enjoy being in the parades and visiting big events, “like the tents at the fairs, if you visit them you get free stuff.”
For more information, on the school fair, visit the Elementary School Fair on Facebook.