The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board is made up of our great state’s best and brightest young leaders, hand-picked to contribute to the success of the Ohio State Fair each year. Selected to represent their respective youth organizations, these students serve on behalf of thousands of students across Ohio. As ambassadors for 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Farm Bureau, Grange and Tech Ed, they are able to share their experiences and emphasize the value of the Junior Fair with patrons throughout the 12 days of the Fair.
Kaitlin Willi of Westlake will be representing Technology Education on this year’s Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. Kaitlin’s public speaking, organizational and leadership skills will be an asset to this year’s board. In addition, her communication and hands-on teaching skills will ensure a successful Fair. Kaitlin is the daughter of John and Peg Willi and is a junior at Westlake High School. She is involved with Phi Theta Kappa, the honors program at Cuyahoga Community College, Techmates and SADD. She plans to attend Wright State University.
For Kaitlin, the Fair revolves around sharing ideas and engaging with people, “My favorite memory of the Ohio State Fair was seeing my projects in the technology building. It was so cool to see all of the other projects from kids all over Ohio and how their ideas compared to my own. What I love most about the Fair is the positive energy.”
The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board, comprised of 17 members ages 16-19, comes together for two weeks of hard work, building enduring friendships and professional relationships along the way. Their personalities and experiences provide a youthful and fun perspective as they fill the roles of welcoming officials at livestock shows, performances, the daily parade and other exhibits. In addition, the Junior Fair Board serve as Smokey Bear’s courteous assistants, friendly faces during family activities, customer service representatives and enthusiastic companions of our Fair’s mascot, Butters D. Cow.
Their contributions to a successful Ohio State Fair are irreplaceable. Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler recognizes the impact of these ambitious youth, “The Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board members are honored for their previous accomplishments and demonstration of leadership skills by being selected to serve on the Junior Fair Board. Through this experience, they will expand their leadership development and give back to the state of Ohio.”
The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation, the 2018 Ohio State Fair will run July 25 – Aug. 5.
For more information, visit ohiostatefair.com, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR.