Lindsay’s Leah Lai is crowned the CNE’s 2023 Ambassador of the Fairs

By Lindsay Advocate

The Lindsay Agricultural Society's Leah Lai is the winner of the CNE's 2023 Ambassador of the Fairs program. File photo.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is pleased to announce Leah Lai from Lindsay Agricultural Society as the winner of the 2023 Ambassador of the Fairs program, marking its 50th anniversary. The exclusive year-long role of Ambassador of the Fairs will take Leah across Ontario as a representative of the CNE and all agricultural fairs in the province. Competing among nearly 50 contestants, Leah represented Lindsay Agricultural Society, and was one of seven semi-finalists who participated in the final round on Sunday, August 20. In attendance to celebrate the milestone anniversary was the very first winner of the Ambassador program, Miss CNE 1972, Debby Carter-Wood from Richmond Hill.

Finalists were interviewed and judged on a wide range of criteria including: knowledge of the CNE and Canadian agriculture, poise, self-confidence, public speaking and overall impression. The first runner-up was Taryn Kennedy representing Ilderton Agricultural Society and the second runner-up was Luke McBride representing Kincardine Agricultural Society, who also received the congeniality award.

The Ambassador of the Fairs program is a longstanding tradition at the CNE, aiming to educate and celebrate Canada’s rich history in agriculture. The program has seen more than 3,000 contestants from over 100 communities across the province throughout its 50 years. As the newly-crowned winner of the 2023 CNE Ambassador of the Fairs, Leah will participate in a series of official duties at Canada’s largest fair including special appearances, while also representing her local agricultural community.

2023 CNE Ambassador of the Fairs: Leah Lai, Lindsay Agricultural Society
1st Runner-up: Taryn Kennedy, Ilderton Agricultural Society
2nd Runner-up: Luke McBride, Kincardine Agricultural Society

Semi Finalists:

Kelsey Lennox, Arthur Agricultural Society
Diane Van Staveren, Collingwood Agricultural Society
Abigail Peel, Howick-Turnberry Agricultural Society
Kiara Driscoll, Seaforth Agricultural Society

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is governed by the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA), comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors. The CNEA is responsible for the planning and presentation of the annual Canadian National Exhibition at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 1879, the CNE generates an economic impact of approximately $112 million for the Greater Toronto Area and $142 million for the province of Ontario each year (when in operation). In 2022, the CNE attracted 1.5 million visitors over its 18-day fair.

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