Saline Community Fair Launched A New Ambassador Program At The 2019 Fair

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 09/07/2019 - 21:32

Nine outstanding high schoolers applied to become the first Saline Community Fair Ambassadors. They completed an application, resume and interview all prior to the fair.  The new program was designed to provide up to four high school students with the opportunity to represent the fair and assist with various activities, along with building their resumes by providing community service, leadership experience and a scholarship opportunity.

The ambassador program was open to all males and females in the Saline School District, as well as any eligible young person who resides within a 15 mile radius of the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Selection was based on the application, resume and personal interview. Four of the applicants were selected as ambassadors for 2019 and were introduced on the first evening of the fair.  All of the ambassadors assisted in many areas at the fair and will also be working with fairboard members to provide input on the fair and assist with various community activities which the fair does.  Each of the four recipients also received a $200 scholarship donated by the Former Miss Saline Association.


The 2019 Ambassadors are Lee Blumenauer, Tess Carichner, Kaitlyn Higgins, and Annie Rothfuss.


Lee is a senior at Manchester High School and is the son of Dan and Denise Blumenauer. He has been involved in the fair for most of his life, entering exhibits and participating in fair activities. In recent years he has also spent a lot of time volunteering at the fair. Lee is involved in many community service activities through the National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Council, FFA and activities at Trinity Lutheran Church.  He has taken on leadership roles at the local and county 4-H level, the Manchester Swine and Steer Club, the Manchester LEO’s Club and has served as a high school mentor. As an ambassador Lee looks forward to promoting the fair to teens and young adults, positively representing the fair at local events and working with other ambassadors and fair board members to establish new ideas and activities.


Tess is a junior at Saline High School and is the daughter of Nora and Gordy Carichner.  She has participated in the non-livestock exhibit areas at the fair and is involved in several community activities such as the Saline American Legion Auxiliary, the Saline Historical Society Weber Blaess One Room School, Saline Area Players and the Saline High School Jazz Band. Tess has taken on leadership roles as an International Days for Girls Health Ambassador, a Washtenaw County Peer to Peer Advisory Board Member, co-founder of the Minding Your Mind Matters Saline High School Club and she wrote a $6400 grant for chocolate milk from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan for the Saline High Track and Cross Country program. As an ambassador Tess plans to project a positive attitude and make everyone feel welcome at the fair.


Kaitlyn is a senior at Saline High School and her parents are Daniel and Heather Higgins. She has helped with several Saline FFA activities at the fair and also entered art work. Kaitlyn has been involved in several community service activities through her Keystone Community Church, Saline FFA, the Toledo Zoo and Project RED. Her leadership experiences include serving three years as a Saline FFA officer and committee co-chair, being elected as the Region 2 FFA vice president, serving as the Saline High School FFA student representative, and as the Saline FFA representative to the Southwest Washtenaw Consortium. She has also been a church camp leader. As an ambassador she would like to see the advertising of the fair increased, as well as new events to interest and bring out more people from the community.


Annie is a junior at Saline High School and is the daughter of Stephen and Candy Rothfuss. Annie has been involved with the Saline Fair for her entire life – exhibiting both non-livestock exhibits and livestock. Her community service has included involvement with her church, Gleaners, CROP Hunger Walks, Project RED, Farm Safety Day and the Taste of Ag held at the fair. Annie has taken on leadership positions for several years in many organizations, including the Saline FFA, the Saline FCCLA, the Saline Pig Club and is a Sunday School Teaching Assistant at St. James UCC. One thing Annie would like to do as an ambassador is the help bring the community together to enjoy the fair.  She shared, “The fair offers great family fun, and is educational and entertaining.  As an ambassador, I will promote these core values of the fair.”


The fairboard is excited about this new program and looks forward to having input from the ambassadors. The fair hopes that the new ambassador program will also inspire others to become active in the Fair. For information on the 2019 program visit


Nancy Diuble Thelen
Thelen retired from MSU Extension in 2015 and is an active volunteer with the Saline Community Fair, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau and 4-H.