Hello! My name is Kaitlyn Riley, and I am serving as the 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. I grew up on a small farm in Mount Zion, WI where my parents Jody and Paulette Riley milk 70 registered Jersey cows. My older brother Justin and I return to the farm whenever possible to help. I graduated from Boscobel High School in 2010, and recently received my bachelorís degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with honors, majoring in strategic communications and broadcast journalism. On campus, I was actively involved with the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, and WSUM Madison Student Radio. Through WSUM, I founded and hosted an agricultural talk show with fellow AWA members.
My passion for agricultural communications stems from my experiences at the Crawford County Fair and Wisconsin State Fair. During my years as an exhibitor, I had the opportunity to meet individuals who had no familiarity with agriculture. Their excitement to learn about the farming industry was often contagious, and I always appreciated the opportunity to answer their questions to the best of my knowledge. In the future, I hope to use my communication skills and farming background to help manage communication among agricultural organizations and their publics. It is my ultimate goal to effectively convey messages through print and broadcast media and to serve as an informational outlet for our producers.
I am more than excited to be working with the Wisconsin Association of Fairs as I help promote educational, agricultural and social opportunities available at the 163rd Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular. I look forward to meeting everyone through my travels, and I hope to see you at the Wisconsin State Fair July 31-August 10!