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Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs


Kelsey Henderson grew up strongly rooted in agriculture on her family’s farm in Union Grove, Wisconsin. She graduated from Union Grove High School in 2020. She is the daughter of Craig and Sue Henderson and sister of Madisyn Henderson. She will graduate in May 2025 from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business, a minor in Entrepreneurship, and an option in Marketing. At Iowa State, she is actively involved on campus in various extracurriculars throughout her major, college, and campus. She has held several professional internships at CNH Industrial and John Deere as she works towards a career in the agricultural industry that truly impacts the industry that helped raise her. Upon completing her term as the 58th Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair, she will join John Deere full-time in January 2025 in their Marketing and Customer Support Development Program.

Kelsey can trace her passion for community involvement and agriculture from many years showing livestock, actively participating in Yorkville 4-H for over 11 years, and serving as a founder and inaugural student for the Union Grove FFA Program that started in 2017. Kelsey proudly represents Racine County and has yet to miss a day of the Racine County Fair in her life. Kelsey has an extreme love for the fair industry, as it is a family affair where she has learned many important life lessons, met her life-long friends, and created memories that she will cherish forever. She loves to share her passion with others and educate everyone about the fair and agricultural industries. She believes these industries and the people involved in them have made her who she is today, and she is honored to be the 2024 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair.

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was created 58 years ago to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents 75 county, district, and state Fairs in Wisconsin.

Each year, the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout the state promoting the educational, agricultural, social, cultural, and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin’s lively Fairs. The winner must possess outstanding communication skills as well as organization, professionalism, and above all, a passion for the Fair industry.

In addition, she will serve as an official ambassador of the 2024 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by UScellular, which takes place August 1 – 11 in West Allis. This role includes greeting Fairgoers and special guests, performing as the master of ceremonies for events, participating in various contests, and representing the State Fair during special media appearances.

Henderson will serve a one-year term, and her responsibilities include appearances at Fairs and events throughout the state, working with media, and promoting the importance of Wisconsin Fairs.

Individuals interested in competing in future Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs contests should contact their county or district Fair board for more information or visit WiFairs.com.

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