Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipient

MONTEREY, CA – June 20, 2024 – The Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation (MCFHF) is pleased to announce this year’s Heritage Animal Exhibitor, and recipient of a $2,500 Scholarship, is Aleena Chavez. She will be graduating from Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas, California in 2025, and plans to pursue her goal of becoming a veterinarian or agriculture teacher through her studies.

Chavez has been mentored by her FFA advisors and hopes to encourage more women to pursue studies in non-traditional roles in the agriculture industry, such as mechanics. She has earned her California FFA State Degree, and in her spare time enjoys dancing with the NCA Dance Studio in Salinas. Her teachers have described her as “well rounded student ”, and as being “outgoing and personable”. Chavez is also very passionate about being a member of Everett Alvarez FFA, and representing the organization whenever possible. Chavez describes herself as being helpful to others, and is dedicated to serving her community as a volunteer whenever needed and mentoring younger students.

Encouraged by her mother, Chavez challenges herself to “step out of her comfort zone” when the opportunity presents itself. Chavez is in the top third of her graduating class of nearly 500 students, and has shown dedication to her outstanding academics. Please join the MCFHF Board of Directors in Congratulating Aleena Chavez on being selected as this year’s Heritage Animal Exhibitor and Scholarship recipient. The animal she raises will be auctioned during the 2024 Monterey County Fair Jr. Livestock Auction on Saturday, August 31. All proceeds from the sale of the animal will help benefit our youth in the community by promoting scholarship opportunities, agricultural awareness, and will help with improvements to the barns, grounds, and event center venues at the Monterey County Fair.

For more information on the 2024 Monterey County Fair and the MCFHF, please visit our website. We hope to see you at the 2024 Jr. Livestock Auction!

About the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation
In 1935 the first Fair was held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Since then, not only has the Fair continued annually, but the Monterey County Fair & Event Center has become the site for an eclectic mix of public and private events including music festivals, community dinners, trade shows, and weddings. When the State of California eliminated funding for its fairgrounds in 2011, the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation was created to assist in supporting the Fair & Event Center. The vision of the Monterey County Fair Heritage Foundation is to ensure the future of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center as a vibrant and diverse community venue.

About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.

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