Hello. I am Deanna Schlies and I am serving as the 2015 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. I grew up in the small town of Denmark, WI with my parents David and Sharon Schlies. I graduated from Denmark High School in 2007. I attended the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and graduated in December of 2012 with a Bachelor of Music Education and a minor in Biology Education. I was an active member of many honors groups on campus, a member of an all female A Capella group, and a member of the UWEC Cheer and Stunt competition team. I started teaching 8th grade science at LB Clarke Middle School in Two Rivers in the Fall of 2012. At Two Rivers I serve as a student council advisor, CLC after school program coordinator, and an active member of my school’s leadership team.
My love for the fair started in 2003 when I joined the Wisconsin State FFA Honors Chorus. As a member of the FFA I started participating in speaking contests and taking Ag classes at my high school. As someone who did not grow up directly in the ag business, I found my love of agriculture through different venues. Attending my first Wisconsin State Fair at the age of 13, I was excited to learn about all of the amazing opportunities the fair had to offer. Since then, I have been at every Wisconsin State Fair for the past 11 years. I am very excited to share my passion for the fair with many new people.
I am excited to take on this journey and work with the Wisconsin Association of Fairs. With my background in education, I look forward to promoting the education, agricultural, and social opportunities available at the 164th Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular. My experience will be enhanced by my travels throughout the year. I will see you at the Wisconsin State Fair August 6-16!