DC State Fair, that local-talent-showcasing event held for the first time this past August, is now a nonprofit organization incorporated in Washington, DC. We had our first (extremely successful) fundraiser in November to ensure we could afford to pay to file the forms necessary to get all the licenses and stuff we need to operate.
To help pull off DC State Fair 2011, the organization now has a Board of Directors, and we’d like to introduce ourselves! We look forward to seeing you at DC State Fair events throughout the year, and, of course—See you at the Fair!
Kenneth Moore, President
Kenneth Moore grew up just outside of Washington, DC, in Maryland’s Prince George’s County. As a youth, he loved farming and enjoyed attending local state fairs. After an educational foray abroad, he returned to DC and has dug his heels into the DC community through blogging and volunteering. Moore blogs about gardening and cooking as The Indoor Garden(er). He is on the board of directors of Burgundy Crescent Volunteers and serves as cochair for its environmental volunteering committee, BurGREENdy, for which he coordinates volunteers for DC-area environmental events throughout the year. Moore also enjoys biking, practicing parkour, knitting, crocheting, guerrilla gardening, photography, and attempting landscaping projects.
Amelia Showalter, Vice President
When Amelia Showalter isn’t growing vegetables in Northwest DC, she works as a quantitative strategist in progressive politics. Originally from the other Washington (State), she was always fond of county and state fairs. The idea for a DC State Fair emerged from one of Amelia’s posts on her blog, Gradually Greener, where she writes about gardening, local food, and sustainability. Her favorite vegetable to grow is an heirloom yellow cherry tomato called Dr. Carolyn, and her favorite pie is wild blackberry.
Sylvie Nguyen, Vice President
Sylvie Nguyen has lived in Washington, D.C. for 5 years and loves it. She works at an educational research nonprofit and spends the rest of her time cooking food, talking about food, reading about food, writing about food, and enjoying the pleasure of eating food. She writes the blog Thrifty DC Cook and is a regular volunteer at N Street Village.
David Manuel, Chief Financial Officer
“I see DC State Fair as the future of green, sustainable community building: bringing the best qualities of suburban and rural community to the urban fabric of Washington, DC,” David Manuel says. Manuel is an avid cyclist and cycling advocate, an outspoken vegetarian, and a committed technologist. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, magna cum laude, in 2006 and is currently pursuing his Masters in Accountancy at George Washington University. He is the Director of Operations for PFLAG National, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit he has worked for since 2005 serving the GLBT community, their families, and allies through support, education, and advocacy.
Jenna Huntsberger, Secretary
Jenna Huntsberger is a writer and baker living in Washington, DC. Since July 2008, Jenna has blogged about baking, pastry, and dessert at ModernDomestic.com, DC’s premier baking and pastry blog. She is currently the Pastry Chef for Spilled Milk Catering, a DC-area catering company that specializes in delicious, unfussy food. Before coming to Spilled Milk, Jenna was the Baking Manager at Treet, an online bakery, where she baked pastries from scratch, oversaw the daily production schedule, and managed other bakers in the kitchen. In her pre-baking life, Jenna worked in nonprofit communications, where she hounded reporters, wrote and edited newsletters, and managed websites for different DC-area organizations. Jenna originally hails from Eugene, Oregon, and received her BA in English from the University of Washington in Seattle.