American Girl of the Year™(American Girl), Blaire Wilson - a young chef-in-training who loves bringing people together - joins American Girl’s family of characters and timeless stories designed to help girls think about their own character and who they want to be. Blaire’s story unfolds in a chapter book series written by local author, Jennifer Castle, and published by Scholastic. In the two books, available now, Blaire loves to put her cooking and decorating talents to good use on her family’s sustainable farm and bed-and-breakfast in upstate New York. Her blog, https://tinyurl.com/blairesblog, promotes fun activities within Ulster County.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC), the Ulster County 4-H Program (4-H), and the Ulster County Agricultural Society realize the parallels of Blaire’s story to many of the local youth who visit the County Fair. To promote Blaire’s story for the youth of Ulster County, we will be hosting an American Girl Tea Party Meet & Greet with the author, Jennifer Castle, at the 2019 Ulster County Fair!
The Tea Party includes an author presentation where Castle will share how Blaire's character and stories came together and were inspired by Ulster County. Books will be available for purchase and signing and light refreshments will be provided. Youth are encouraged to bring their favorite doll and dress in Blaire-like attire. The Meet & Greet will be followed by a "game of clue", relating to the game Blaire created in her first book. Those who play will have a chance to interact with local 4-H Youth who own some of the same animals as Blaire! Those who register for the Tea Party will be entered to win a Blaire doll with accessories. Space is limited. Please register by July 25th.
More About Blaire
A natural people person, Blaire excels at gathering people around the dinner table but needs help finding balance between the digital world and the real world—like many people today. Through Blaire, girls will learn the importance of staying connected to the people they care about and that this means more than clicking and swiping—it means truly being there.
When the opportunity to plan the farm’s first wedding arises, Blaire jumps in with gusto. However, between overextending herself to create the perfect farm-fancy event and a newly diagnosed food sensitivity that makes her self-conscious, Blaire finds herself more engaged on her devices than at real-life gatherings with others. Ultimately, through the help of her family and friends, Blaire finds a healthy balance and learns the value of being fully present at every occasion.
Blaire comes to life for girls via a beautiful 18-inch doll, featuring bright green eyes and curly red hair. Blaire’s world features an array of outfits, accessories, and products that reflect her life on Pleasant View Farm, including a sweet lamb and piglet, festive party decor, and Blaire’s Family Farm Restaurant, with everything needed to play out a show stopping farm-to-table celebration.
About American Girl
American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT, www.mattel.com), a leading global children's entertainment company that specializes in the design and production of quality toys and consumer products. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring world of dolls, content, and experiences that nourish a girl’s spirit and help develop her strength of character. Best-selling lines include Truly Me™, Girl of the Year™, Bitty Baby™, WellieWishers™, and American Girl’s classic historical characters. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on americangirl.com, in its proprietary U.S. experiential retail stores, as well as at specialty retailers nationwide. By inspiring girls to be their best, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of parents and educators.
$17 (Fair Admission)
Ulster County Fairgrounds
249 Libertyville Road
New Paltz, NY 12561