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Fairest of the Fairs

The Wisconsin Association of Fairs and the Wisconsin State Fair are proud to introduce Isabella Haen as the 2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. She was selected from a field of 36 talented contestants from county and district fairs throughout Wisconsin at the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in January.

Isabella, 21, representing the Kewaunee County Fair, is the daughter of Matt Haen and Coleen Blizel of Casco, Wis., Haen is a recent graduate of Fox Valley Technical College where she earned a degree in Agriculture Business and Science Technology. She currently works as a Herdsperson at Kinnard Farms Inc., where she is responsible for the well-being of 7,200 animals.

Throughout high school, she was heavily involved with FFA by serving as an officer for three years and participating in almost every activity. These experiences helped her grow as an individual, as did the opportunity to run for Wisconsin State FFA Office, but received runner-up. She has also participated in her local 4-H program for 10 years and continues to help out the current youth showing. She states, “I wouldn’t trade the people I've met throughout the years and the experience for anything.” After this great Fairest journey, she wishes to get a job in the Ag Communications and Marketing field. She states, “I love taking care of the animals, but feel my strong suit is being a voice for Agriculture.”

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was designed to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs. This year marked the 52nd crowning of the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs.

Each year, the Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout Wisconsin promoting the educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at our state’s great fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the citizens of Wisconsin and the winner must showcase excellent speaking, writing and listening skills as well as organization, professionalism, time management and above all, a passion for Wisconsin’s fair industry.

Haen will serve a one-year term beginning immediately, and her responsibilities will include making appearances at fairs throughout the state, working with media and promoting the importance of Wisconsin’s fair and agriculture industries.

In addition, she will serve as hostess of the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, which will take place Aug. 2-12. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as master of ceremonies for several events during the fair, participating in various contests and representing the fair during select media appearances.

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Top five contestants included:

1st Runner Up: Ashley Miller, Sheboygan County Fair; 2 nd Runner Up: Madison Stronach, Walworth County Fair; 3 rd Runner Up: Michelle Knapp, Kenosha County Fair; and 4 th Runner Up: Kaitlin Konder, St. Croix County Fair.

Julia Nunes, Northern Wisconsin State Fair, received the Tim Heffernan Congeniality award.

Congratulations to all for your outstanding accomplishments!


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