By Lindsey Kuglin
It was a moment of great honour for Walkerton’s Little Royal Fair ambassador, when her name was called for the title of Miss Congeniality at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Rachel Anstett, 18, was at the Toronto fair Aug. 17-19, representing Brockton at the Ambassador of the Fairs pageant, along with 66 other young men and women representing their communities from across the province.
“It was amazing. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe people voted for me. I was so excited,” Anstett said, adding the title is bestowed to the contestant who is most likeable, personable, and welcoming.
The weekend included a series of interviews with judges, parades, socializing, seminars, “and a lot of fun along the way,” she said.
Anstett , the winner (Linda Slits of Milverton), and the top-seven contestants celebrated their accomplishments at a reception thrown after the pageant. They met with the CNE president, organizers, and past Ambassador of the Fair queens.
But this isn’t the first time Anstett has been called “congenial.” She won the same title at the Ontario Miss Midwest Pageant in July, where she was also the runner-up.
Anstett said she loves competing in pageants because they’re a lot of fun, and she gets to meet a lot of people.
“I’m a people person, so I love making new friends, and I get to step out of my comfort zone,” she said.
But she also said it’s a confidence booster, which will help her in any area of her life, especially as she heads to university at Sir Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo, for the first time in the coming weeks.
“I’ll be meeting a lot of new people, and making relationships there, so this (pageant) experience definitely helps prepare me,” she said.
Anstett said she would like to continue competing in pageants in the future.