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Jr Fair Advisory Board

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The Junior Fair Advisory Board (JFAB) is made up of residents in the northern 10 counties of Idaho, age 15-21 as of January 1, 2024. Their purpose is to provide valuable input to the North Idaho State Fair staff and fair board from different perspectives to aid in making our fair a unique and amazing place to call home. This is the perfect opportunity for those seeking leadership experience and community involvement, and that are driven to encourage growth. This group meets monthly before the Fair Board meeting, second Tuesday of every month at 4 pm. Contact michaela@northidahostatefair.com for more information.

Individuals meeting the age and resident requirements are welcome to join the Junior Fair Advisory Board at any point through the year, simply complete and submit the membership form and submit to michaela@northidahostatefair.com. JFAB members have an additional opportunity to apply for a scholarship program representing various committees of the board; applications to become available after January 1.

Meet our current Jr Board

The North Idaho State Fair is very excited to welcome our Jr Fair Advisory Board Members:

Maddie Andres-Livestock Committee Representative
Lauren Bergendahl-Community Outreach Committee Representative
Claudia Campbell
Hayven Chase
Owen Forsman
Matthew Greene-Fair Planning Committee Representative
Logan Harris
Madi Hendren
Travis Hendren
Claire Kelley
Samantha Lauer
Alex Mertens-Rodeo Committee Representative
Cooper Ross
Shayla Tyler

These individuals have unique experiences, a passion for agriculture, and drive to be involved which makes them special additions to the fair family and we look forward to their insight and assistance in making this year an unforgettable experience for the local community.
Alex Mertens

Alex Mertens

Alex Mertens likes to work with his animals, spend sometime with his friends, hangout with his family, help out at his 4-H club, and help out around the fair by volunteering at Rascal Rodeo.
Claire Kelley

Claire Kelley

Claire Kelley is 17 years old. She has been involved in 4-H for seven years and FFA for three. She has been showing pigs across the nation since she was nine years old and has fallen in love with it. She is currently vice president of her FFA chapter at Lakeland High School and continues to advocate for the agricultural community.
Claudia Campbell

Claudia Campbell

Claudia Campbell is 18 years old and will be graduating in May from Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy. She has attended Charter for the last 4 years. Claudia has also been involved with 4-H for 6 years, completing the market hog project for the 5th and final year in 2024. She will be attending University of Idaho in the fall and will be looking at a future in agriculture.
Cooper Ross

Cooper Ross

Cooper Ross is 19 years old from Athol, Idaho. He is proud to be on the Jr. Fair Advisory Board again this year. Cooper has been a part of 4-H for 12 years and FFA for 4 years, and has shown livestock for 10 years. He graduated from Timberlake High School.
Hayven Chase

Hayven Chase

19 year-old Hayven Chase’s love for the North Idaho State Fair began when her Aunt, Sherry Mundt introduced her to it at a very young age. Her passion for agriculture grew as she became more involved in the fair and rodeo. Hayven is currently a freshman in college and is pursuing an animal and veterinary science degree through the University of Idaho. In her free time Hayven enjoys welding, barrel racing, training her six-year-old horse, learning to rope, and almost anything to do with horses.
Attending the North Idaho State Fair is one of the highlights of Hayven's summer including volunteering in the food court, participating in 4-H, working for one of the many vendors, and participating in many rodeos by carrying sponsor flags, as visiting royalty, and as Miss Gem State Stampede 2023.
Lauren Bergendahl

Lauren Bergendahl

Lauren Bergendahl is 16 years old and a senior honor student in high school. She also attends KTEC in Automated Manufacturing and Design. She has spent her childhood caring for animals, and exhibiting projects at the county, state, and national level. Most of her favorite memories are from the North Idaho State Fair and rodeo. She keeps herself busy as a member of various clubs some of which include 4-H, US Pony Club, Jazz band, and Jr. rodeo. Lauren is looking forward to meeting new people and inspiring them to keep our agricultural community alive and well.
Logan Harris

Logan Harris

Logan Harris loves to swim, hike, and camp. He is the ASB Vice-president at Lakeland High School and is very active in the community.
Owen Forsman

Owen Forsman

Owen Forsman is 16 years old and from Rathdrum, Idaho. He has been showing pigs since he was 8 years old and spends his summers showing throughout the Northwest. He has been involved in 4-H for 8 years and is currently the president of his club. He is also the treasurer of his FFA chapter at Lakeland High School. He is very involved in the livestock component of the fair and is looking forward to being involved in other aspects of the fair with the JFAB.
Samantha Lauer

Samantha Lauer

Samantha Lauer is 18 years old and just graduated from Timberlake High School this year. She has been a part of 4-H for the past 9 years and has always loved the fair. She has shown swine for 5 years and carried flags at the rodeo for the past 2 years, and can’t wait to do it again this year! She looks forward to being on the Junior Fair Advisory Board and is so excited for fair this year!
Shayla Tyler

Shayla Tyler

Shayla Tyler is 15 years old and currently working at Safe Splash to teach young children how to swim. She enjoys 4-H and has been a member for about 7 years. Shayla is also an officer at her school's Key Club, and an active swimmer, and skier.
Travis Hendren

Travis Hendren

Travis Hendren is 15 years old and from Athol, ID. He has enjoyed being a part of FFA this past year and has recently been voted in to be treasurer of Timberlake High School’s Future Farmers of America Chapter. He is looking forward to being a part of the Junior Fair Advisory Board and being more involved in the community.

2023 JFAB Members in Action

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