(TRENTON, NJ) ― Kayla Vaughan of Lafayette has been chosen as the 2014 New Jersey Agricultural Fair Ambassador. The 18-year-old graduate of Sussex County Technical School was selected from among seven contestants by the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey during the group’s fall dinner on November 3 in Burlington County.
“Kayla is the fifth-generation on her family’s dairy farm and will be a wonderful spokesperson as she attends our state’s agricultural fairs next summer,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “She also will serve as an inspiring mentor for young people interested in or already involved in agricultural youth organizations.”
As ambassador, Vaughan is charged with visiting the state’s agricultural fairs in 2014, discussing the fairs, promoting agritourism to the public and bringing people together to support the state’s agriculture industry.
“Agriculture is not just something I do for a living, it is what I live for,” said Vaughan. “I will spend the next year representing the agriculture industry as a whole and the families that work so hard at it.”
Vaughan grew up on her family’s dairy farm and is the current New Jersey Dairy Princess. She has been active in Sussex County 4-H and ran the milking parlor at the New Jersey State Fair.
She studied commercial baking in high school and will is enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America with a goal of opening a bakery on her own dairy farm using her own natural products.
Vaughan participated in Skills USA where she placed third in the state for baker’s aid. She also worked as a volunteer for a variety of organizations, including Catch a Dream Foundation and hospice.
This is the 11th year the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey has named an ambassador. In choosing an ambassador, the Association seeks a good representation of young people active in agriculture in the Garden State and their county fair.
There were 21 agricultural fairs in the state this past summer, including the New Jersey State Fair at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The earliest fair is held in June, with the final fair of the season in late August.