The three Clark County girls who make up the 2012 Clark County Fair Court will make some of their final appearances of the year at the fair, which ends Sun., Aug. 12.
This year, the Fair Court is made up of Queen Marisa Hermance, Princess Alexa Valdez and Princess Sierra Durado. The three girls have been involved in numerous community events since last August, making appearances at the Long Beach Parade, the Hazel Dell Parade of Bands, the Planters Days Parade in Woodland, the Amboy Territorial Days Parade, the Harvest Days Parade in Battle Ground and more. Their final appearance will be at the Royal Ridges Camp Tues., Aug. 14.
Aside from parades and community events, the girls also attended numerous charitable events and promotions for the Clark County Fair. They will have attended more than 100 functions by the time they hand their crowns over to the 2013 Fair Court.
The girls will be out at the fair everyday until its Aug. 12 closing. The Fair Court’s new sponsor this year is Riverview Community Bank.
Marisa Hermance is the daughter of Kelly Hermance and Mark and Tammy Olson. She will be a senior at Battle Ground High School this coming school year and is also a Running Start student at Clark College. Hermance is also involved in 4-H and is a member of the Battle Ground High School Equestrian Team. Her future plans are to obtain her associate’s degree at Clark College and then transfer to a university and get her bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine.
Sierra Durado is the daughter of Todd and Linda Durado of La Center, where she graduated from La Center High School this past June. Durado is a member of the Radiant Riders 4-H Club and the American Paint Horse Association, and was a member of the La Center High School Equestrian Team. Her future plans include joining the U.S. Air Force to help serve and protect the country she loves.
Alexa Valdez is the daughter of Gary and Heidi Miller and Bryan Valdez of Vancouver. Valdez completed her senior year at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics this past year. She is a member of the Galloping Glory 4-H Club and the Clark County Saddle Club, and was a member of the Battle Ground High School Equestrian Team. In her future, Valdez plans to attend a four-year university in hopes of developing a career in architecture.
According to the Clark County Fair’s website, the Fair Court was created in 1986 by William “Bill” Jones. The court was created to provide an opportunity for young women within Clark County to represent the fair throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Fair Court ambassadors appear on horseback at area rodeos, parades and speaking events.
The Fair Court members will be out and about all 10 days of the fair. They will be around the fairgrounds decorating their horse stalls, visiting with people and judging several contests such as the Pretty Baby Contest and others.