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A Year as the Fairest of the Fair

submitted by Rachel Kromrey, 2014 Fairest of the Fair

My name is Rachel Kromrey, and I’m proudly representing St. Croix County as the 2014 Fairest of the Fair. Being Fairest has come with its own challenges, as well as personal growth.

Along with being the official hostess of the St. Croix County Fair, I’ve attended county parades and other local events to promote the Fair. I also competed at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention January 4-7 for the position of Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. Although I was not crowned, I got a “behind the scenes” glimpse of county fairs and was able to walk away with ideas on how to improve the local Fairest program and even how to stay involved with the Fair for years to come. All in all, it was a rewarding experience.

At Convention, I competed with 38 other county Fairest for the title of Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. As part of the selection process, we had individual and group interviews, ate meals with our judges, answered on-stage impromptu questions and created radio spots promoting our fair. It was a close competition – I think it’s appropriate to say each county was represented exceptionally well. I would like to say congratulations to Deanna Schlies of Brown County on her victory. I know she will do a fantastic job representing the fair industry.

All candidates also participated in an auction to benefit the Wisconsin Association of Fairs. I had an ice fishing themed basket that sold for $650. Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance for bought it and the support of the Fairest program is appreciated. Also, the following local businesses donated ice fishing items: B&J Do It Best Hardware of Somerset, Glenwood Hardware and Rental of Glenwood City, and Stockman’s Farm Supply of Wilson. Your support is much appreciated!

Although it’s early in the year, I would like to be the first to invite everyone to the St. Croix County Fair in Glenwood City July 15-19. “From Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels,” we have something for everyone to enjoy. Also, if you are interested in being the 2015 Fairest of the Fair, please “like” our Facebook page at “St. Croix County Fairest of the Fair” or contact the program coordinator, Hannah Ness, at hannah_ness@hotmail.com for more information. Hope to see you at the Fair!