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Eight local youth are among 35 who were selected to serve on the 2013 Kentucky State Fair Young Adult Project Advisory Council. It is the largest council named since the program began in 2009, and the youth represent 30 high schools and colleges in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
YAP Advisory Council members serve on one of three committees, based on their interests and skills, music, agriculture or marketing and social media. Each committee includes at least one college-aged advisor and at least one returning council member. One fourth of the council members served on the council last year, bringing experience and continuity to the program.
Local members include:
Agriculture committee, Kyle Mobley and Vasi Wilk, both of Hardin County; and Julia Scott and McKenna Vierstra, both of Hart County.
Marketing and social media committee, Bailey Latham, Rebecca Mackey and Alison Ray, all of Hardin County.
Music committee, Ashley Cottrell of LaRue County.
The Kentucky State Fair YAP Advisory Council meets as a group three times, including a weekend retreat in the spring. In between meetings, advisors share ideas on social media discussion boards. The programs they help develop are featured on the YAP Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ksfyoungadultproject.
The Young Adult Project is an initiative of the Kentucky State Fair to involve young adults, ages 14 to 20, in planning, promoting and producing innovative new Kentucky State Fair programs for their peers. The YAP Advisory Council works with State Fair staff members to book youth bands and develop programming for the YAP tent on the thrillway. YAP programs include Ag Olympics, the Battle of the Bands, the youth Songwriter Contest, the ProAm Jam and the Discovery Farm Video and PowerPoint Contest.