DC is home to gardeners, cooks, bakers, photographers, artists–and yet we didn’t have a state fair to celebrate the home-grown talents of the District. In 2010, that all changed: The first-ever DC State Fair was held on August 28 of that year at the Columbia Heights Day festival. DC State Fair is returning this year for another successful celebration of DC community talent! Click here to learn more about this year’s event, being held at Barracks Row Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
DC State Fair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
The DC State Fair Board of Directors
Bio coming soon
A Native Washingtonian, Natonne became interested in growing her own food after several food scares of the mid-2000s (spinach, tomatoes, etc.). She decided the best way to learn was to become a Master Gardener, which she did in 2009. Natonne grows a variety of fruits and vegetables in her backyard. She brings a smile to the faces of her neighbors by sharing her harvest. Natonne works at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Greenbelt). Having grown food successfully for the past few years, her latest interest is canning.
A resident of the District since 2003, Rhea Yablon Kennedy has indulged her passion for food by working as a cook and private chef, growing vegetables, and writing about food for regional and national publications. In addition to working with the DC State Fair, she serves on the board of the Crossroads Farmers Market and Hillel at Gallaudet University. Kennedy teaches English and general studies at Gallaudet, where she developed a course on sustainable food in D.C. She has a plot at the Blair Road Community Garden. Find her thoughts on writing at rheakennedy.com.
Julie Moeller loves the DC State Fair, especially after walking home from the 2010 event with the Blue Ribbon for best pie. A Chicago native, Julie arrived in DC almost 20 years ago to work on Capitol Hill. Neither she, nor the rural Massachusetts native she met here, thought they would live in the area long. Both quickly fell in love with all the area has to offer and are proud Washingtonians – along with their three terrific kids. Until recently, Julie served a national nonprofit as a VP of government affairs. She left her full-time position to attend to young children and work as a consultant. She and her husband tend bees, harvest veggies from a community garden on Capitol Hill, and keep a square-foot garden in a back alley plot. Long train commutes to New Jersey for work drove Julie to learn knitting, and she’s recently taken up sewing. Julie is a self-taught baker who shows affection through food – and she is lucky to have many friends to feed.
Amelia Showalter is a board member and original co-founder of the DC State Fair. In 2009 when Amelia went all the way out to the Virginia suburbs to enter her homegrown tomatoes in a contest, she blogged about how D.C. needed a fair of its own. She and two other bloggers launched the first DC State Fair in 2010. Amelia loves gardening at the Newark Street Community Garden and shopping at the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market. She is the former Director of Digital Analytics at President Obama’s re-election campaign, and now works as a freelance political consultant. She has lived in D.C. off and on for eight years.