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Miss Salinas Valley Fair

About Miss Salinas Valley Fair

The Miss Salinas Valley Fair Competition is held annually to select a young lady who has the desire and enthusiasm to serve as a goodwill ambassador for the Salinas Valley Fair. The Salinas Valley Fair Competition Committee has pledged to make the competition memorable for each contestant. The Miss Salinas Valley Fair Competition Committee is confident that the candidate chosen will represent The Salinas Valley Fair in a grand manner.

Miss SVF symbolizes the youth of our Salinas Valley Fair and in so doing, promotes the great western way of life. She is an ideal all-around, well versed young lady, who has a congenial personality, and knowledge of the Salinas Valley Fair, and the Salinas Valley. She is a young lady who enjoys travel and has a sincere interest in garnering educational experiences that assist in laying a solid foundation for her future.

Contestants may not be less than 16 years of age as of January 1, prior to the competition, and no more than 20 years of age as of December 31, of the year in which she competes. They must be a resident and a student in the counties of Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, Southern Santa Clara, Northern San Luis Obispo, Parkfield, and Coalinga as per Salinas Valley Fair General Information & Local Rules and Area limits.

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.

CONGRATS to Carli Hammond!

Our annual contest took place at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds on April 8th, after which Carli Hammond (18), was chosen by the judges to represent the Fair for this coming year. In addition to being crowned, she was awarded a $2,000 scholarship, a sterling silver belt buckle, and other prizes donated by local business.

From a young age, she loved horses and wanted nothing more than a horse of her own. Her mother signed her up for lessons with Cecelia Coulson, and from there she was hooked. Carli has continued to ride with Cecelia Coulson for the past 13 years and owes all of her horsemanship skills to her. As Carli’s skills continued to advance, she purchased her horse, Vegas, with the money she earned from selling her livestock at the Salinas Valley Fair. Carli has continued to work hard to finish her horse’s training and hopes to see it all pay off. She can’t wait to see how her and Vegas’ future turn out.

Growing up in the Salinas Valley has piqued Carli’s interest in the livestock industry. She joined Spring 4-H at the age of 11, and has raised hogs, goats, and steers. Carli enjoys spending her free time with her livestock and making sure that they are in good care. She has held multiple officer positions during her time in Spring 4-H. Her favorite position was President, because she felt that it gave her leadership skills and confidence that helped her to be more outgoing. Some other positions she has held are Treasurer, Attendance Secretary, and Sergeant at Arms. She is currently serving as the Treasurer again this year for her club. Being a member of 4-H has helped Carli develop important skills and show her the ins and outs of the livestock industry.

Next year, she plans on working alongside her mom in agricultural sales. In the fall of 2024, she plans to move to Boise, Idaho and enroll in Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School. While Carli loves the community she was raised in, she wants to branch out and experience new places. She is forever thankful and indebted to the Salinas Valley and the amazing people that she has met here.

Carli always looks forward to the Salinas Valley Fair, because she gets to see all of her friends from different counties and even make new ones. Most importantly, she is always excited to exhibit her livestock and see how her hard work pays off. This year Carli is exhibiting a purebred, black angus steer named Harry. She has worked really hard with this steer, especially being that this is her last Salinas Valley Fair. Carli hopes to make this her most memorable and special fair experience. The Salinas Valley Fair is where she has made her most fond memories and Fair Week is her favorite time of the year.

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