The 2023 Umatilla County Fair Court will have a familiar face returning along with three new members.
The Umatilla County Fair Board had 11 applicants for the court – nine from Hermiston. The board met recently to work on ways to attract more participation from throughout the county next year.
Choosing the princesses for next year’s court was not easy, said Fair Board-Elect Robbie Curry.
“This was the toughest decision I’ve had to make during my first year as a board member,” said Curry.
The 2023 Umatilla County Fair Court will include:
- 2022 Princesses and 10th grader Ashlynn Cutburth of Hermiston. Cutburth was praised for her willingness of her and her family to commit to this level of support for the UCF once again. She will assist Fair Court Chaperone Rebecca Manning in guiding the three new princesses throughout the year.
- 2023 Princess and Hermiston 10th grader Ainsley McCann. McCann has shown at the Umatilla County Fair since the fifth grade and has participated in other 4-H events such as archery and the dog show. She is her chapter’s FFA treasurer as well as captain of her cheer club. As a Fair Court Princess, she hopes to meet some ag Industry leaders and help the younger generations create their own fair memories.
- 2023 Princess and Hermiston ninth grader Selena Cuellar. She has shown dairy heifers for the past four years and 2023 year will be her first year showing market beef. As a 4-H member, she won Grand Champion Showman at the 2022 fair. She enjoys being a part of 4-H and FFA as well as dancing on the 2019 Oregon State Champ dance team. She looks forward to strengthening her leadership skills on the Fair Court as well as interacting with her community and sharing her excitement for the UCF.
- 2023 Princess and Hermiston 11h grader Annikah Perez. She has participated as a 4-H member at the UCF since 2015, with projects such as showing market lambs, food science and public speaking. She is an active FFA member and is working on her market steer projects. She was inspired by the Umatilla County Fair Court as a young girl and would like to share that level of impact with future generations.