Brooke Johnson
Brooke Johnson
Brooke Johnson's friendly smile and personality showed as she welcomed and mingled with people throughout the various activities and events at the Houston County Fair, Aug. 13 to 17.

On the eve of the fair's opening day, the 16-year-old daughter of Mark and Kari Johnson of Spring Grove was selected to serve as 2008 Houston County Fair Ambassador. She was named from a field of three contestants.

Johnson explained that the process for selection begins with filling out an application, "telling who you are and about yourself, and what you've done in school and 4-H. Also we had to write a one-page essay stating why we want to be fair ambassador."

At the judging, each contestant had to speak for 2 to 3 minutes and then be interviewed by the judges.

This fall, Johnson will be a junior at Spring Grove Public Schools, where she is active with volleyball, basketball, softball, Youth Development, Knowledge Bowl, band, choir, FFA, Academic Excellence, and honor roll.

This is her ninth year as a member of the Newhouse Norsemen 4-H Club. "Clothing is my main project. I also have dairy, sheep, and swine."

Other 4-H involvement includes livestock project night, day camp counselor, winter project day, consumer judging, and dairy judging. Currently she serves as treasurer for her local 4-H club as well as the Houston County 4-H Federation.

"Sports and 4-H pretty much consume my life the whole year," Johnson stated.

At church, she is a Sunday school teacher helper for the 4 year olds.

About the fair ambassador

Elden Pohlman, fair board president, explained that the ambassador program is for male and female 4-H members going from their sophomore to junior year of high school.

Their responsibilities include riding on the fair float in area parades to promote the fair. At the fair, the ambassador helps introduce acts, activities, and events, as well as give out ribbons and awards

Fair officials provide the ambassador with a sash like other royalty, and they are given buttons printed with the fair logo to exchange with other royalty.

The 4-H program is the backbone of the county fair. The leadership qualities and presence of the fair ambassador are assets to the annual fair's success.

Pohlman encourages 4-Hers to consider and make application for next year's fair ambassador.