Kelsey Bisch named Wellesley Fair ambassador
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Kelsey Bisch named Wellesley Fair ambassador

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown?” Shakespeare never lived to see the Wellesley-North Easthope Fall Fair, where Kelsey Bisch was named the 2013’s fall fair ambassador on Tuesday night. The 17-year-old Wellesley Village resident will represent the township at events throughout the year, including Wellesley’s Santa Claus Parade and the All-Ontario Youth Convention in Toronto.

Kelsey Bisch, a 17-year-old Wellesley resident, praised small-town living in her speech before the judges.[Will Sloan / The Observer]
Kelsey Bisch, a 17-year-old Wellesley resident, praised small-town living in her speech before the judges. [Will Sloan / The Observer]
What goes through one’s mind when one is named the fair ambassador? “Well, a lot of thoughts,” said Bisch after the ceremony. “I was just really honoured to have the opportunity.”

She added praise for her longtime friends Cassandra Lynn Rice and Taylor Blackwell, who also competed for the crown.

“I would not have been able to judge this competition, because I was going against two amazing other girls, and it would have just been so hard to choose.”

Bisch, who has coached gymnastics and volunteered at an orphanage in Mexico, was determined a strong choice by a panel of three judges after delivering a speech on Tuesday on the theme of small-town living.

“Where else can an elementary school go under lockdown because a cow found its way on the premise?” she asked the audience. “I remember looking out the class window and thinking it was so funny to see a cow on the playground.

“One of the many arguments people use for moving to the city involves the convenience factor,” she continued. “But I ask, what’s more convenient than stepping out my front door to gain access to almost everything I need? If I walk a block or two in one direction, I can go to the library, order pizza, and buy fresh peaches at a local stand. If I go the other way, I can buy ice cream, and buy treats for my puppy.”

She also acknowledged the sense of community warm sense of community in the township. “Walking down the street, you’ll be acknowledged by many pleasant greetings, and even mere acquaintances will offer a warm smile as you pass by.”

When asked by the judges how her experience with overseas charity work would help her as ambassador, Bisch said, “It would help me to be able to connect with people of all different backgrounds. … I think that I would be able to accept them and get along with them because of the experience I’ve had.”

Fair organizer Wendy Richardson had plenty of praise for Bisch following the crowning.

“Kelsey’s a wonderful girl,” she said. “We thought she did a wonderful speech. She’s been very proactive through this program – she’s taken advantage of the workshops we’ve offered – and all three girls are wonderful friends, which is really nice.”

Bisch will join a list of 45 other women who have served as fair ambassador. Also speaking at the ceremony was Susan Cook-Scheerer, former ambassador and co-host of Rogers TV’s Daytime, who helped organize a reception of 18 former ambassadors at Schmidtsville Restaurant earlier in the day.

“It was a wonderful evening, we heard lots of stories,” said Cook-Scheerer. “I heard one of the ambassadors telling us the night she was crowned was her and her now-husband’s very first date. No pressure to this year’s contestants!”

Bisch served her first duties on Wednesday by hosting the fair’s baby show and participating in the parade.

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