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Durham woman first runner-up at CNE competition

A young woman from Durham who placed 2nd in the 48th annual Ambassador of the Fairs Competition at the Canadian National Exhibition says the experience has changed her outlook on life for the better.

Ally Spielmacher spent this weekend in Toronto representing the Durham Agricultural Society and finished as first runner-up.

The winner of this year’s competition was Sara Emick, who represented the Ancaster Agricultural Society.

Spielmacher tells CKNX that the top three of the competition featured an unprompted question of “If you were Minister of Agriculture, which program would you fund, and why?”. She said she would fund a program on children’s education and agriculture.

Spielmacher called it an “amazing experience”, and encourages other young women to try out for their local ambassador competition.

Spielmacher is entering her third year of Nursing at York University.

She also noted that this is her final year in 4-H, and she “wants to go out with a bang” and is looking forward to leading 4-H programs and getting more youth involved as she gets older.