Local Junior Fair Board Member Receives State Honor
By: Coble Wilson
“It is my pleasure to say again this year that the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs (NCAOAF) is recognizing one of our own. We found out in the last week that Christian McRae, a Lumberton High School student and member of our Junior Fair Board will receive a college scholarship from the NC Association of Agricultural Fairs Scholarship Fund.” With those words Allen Faircloth, President of the Robeson Regional Fair, announced to a crowded board room and Christian McRae that his future college plans are just a little more secure.
“Thank you so much,” a surprised McRae responded. “This really helps a lot. I appreciate your support.” McRae who is an outstanding athlete, multi year member of the Junior Fair Board, long time 4-H member, is active in his church and community was thrilled to receive this top honor which is very competitive. “The NCAOAF is built on a foundation of education,” said Dixon Britt, past chairperson of the NCAOAF scholarship committee and the chair person of the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair scholarship committee. “The fair is about educating the public about agriculture, our local history, and our future. Yes, there are games and rides and we hope it is a fun time for the entire family. If you look closely you realize we are educating people while they are having fun. That is what the Robeson County fair and the NCAOAF is about.” For almost 25 years the NCAOAF has been raising funds for its scholarship programs and since 1989 they have given out $75,000 to over 80 qualified students, to help them further their education.
“The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair believes strongly in supporting education on a variety of levels,” said Allen Faircloth, who is not only the fair President but also a retired principal. “The Robeson Regional Agricultural fair also awards $500 annually in scholarship funds. This year we were please to be able to award the funds to two deserving high school students; Kristen Sealey and Christian McRae. Both youth have been part of our Junior Fair Board for multiple years and have demonstrated leadership abilities, a strong work ethic, and worked hard academically.”
“We look forward to wonderful things from these youth in their futures and we hope by being able to offer them scholarships it will help them with tuition or book costs , things that are often prohibitive to our youth attending an institution of higher learning,” commented Britt who is also a retired Robeson County teacher. “We work with these youth during the fair and know what they are capable of. We are just thrilled that we are able to give back, and help support them in their future.”
For more information about the Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair and NCAOAF scholarship opportunities, please contact Dixon Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about becoming a Junior Fair Board member please contact Aggie Rogers at Aggie_Rogers@ncsu.edu.
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