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71st Alice in Dairyland top candidates announced; two with Dunn/St. Croix area ties

HANCOCK – Six top candidates for the 71st Alice in Dairyland were announced today at a press conference at Heartland Farms in Adams County, a key step in the selection of Wisconsin’s next “agricultural ambassador.”

Two candidates are from the area, Alexus Grossbier and Megan Schulte.

Alexus Grossbier 

Alexus Grossbier grew up in Elk Mound and developed an understanding and excitement for Wisconsin’s vast agricultural commerce on her family’s small hobby farm. She was involved in the Elk Meadow 4-H club, where she raised and showed pigs at the county fair, along with crocheting, vegetables, and cake decorating. She served as secretary and president for her 4-H club. Previously, and presently, she furthers her agricultural knowledge by helping her dad with his meat processing business. She graduated in May, 2017 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a major in psychology and a minor in leadership. On campus she was involved in the Gopher Dairy Club, was a teaching assistant, and worked as a social media specialist with the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. She recently ended her reign as Dunn County’s 2017 and first-ever, Fairest of the Fair. “As Alice, I will use my communication and leadership skills to not only educate and teach consumers of all ages about Wisconsin’s agricultural impact but also grow myself and my knowledge of all the agricultural products this great state has to offer.”

Megan Schulte

Megan Schulte grew up in Hammond, and found a passion for Wisconsin agriculture through her family’s dairy farm and raising her own herd of beef cattle. She was active in St. Croix County 4-H and the New Richmond FFA Chapter. Through these organizations she was able to compete in dairy judging at the local and state levels, as well as exhibit dairy, beef, and hogs at the county and state fairs. She will graduate in May from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a major in Agricultural Communication and Marketing and a minor in Animal Science. On campus she has been involved in the Gopher Dairy Club, Agricultural Education Club, and Beta of Clovia, a sorority built on the foundations of 4-H. Previously, she interned with Clark County 4-H and Extension Services, and Fair Oaks Farms. “Supporting Wisconsin agriculture will always be a passion of mine,” said Schulte, “and as Alice in Dairyland, I will work to foster a positive relationship with the public and strive to better connect the majority of the population to the people who are directly connected to the farm.”

The other Alice in Dairyland candidates are Kristen Broege, Sydney Endres, Jacqueline Hilliard, and Kaitlyn Riley.

Alice in Dairyland is a one-year, full-time public relations position with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The start date for the 71st Alice is June 4, 2018.

In this highly visible and fast-paced position, Alice in Dairyland travels throughout the state teaching rural and urban audiences of all ages about Wisconsin’s extensive agricultural industry. In the position, Alice in Dairyland cultivates relationships with television, radio and print media outlets; writes and delivers speeches; and utilizes social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations, and networking with industry professionals.

Each year, a different Wisconsin County hosts the Alice in Dairyland interview activities, with Adams County serving as the host county this year. The 71st Alice in Dairyland will be selected at the conclusion of the three-day finals program, May 17-19.

The public is welcome to attend two public events during the Finals in Adams County in May:

• Candidate Discussion Panel, Friday, May 18; Fawn Creek Winery (3619 13th Ave., Wisconsin Dells); 5 p.m., Social Hour; Dinner, 6 p.m.; Discussion Panel, 7 p.m. Join the 71st Alice in Dairyland candidates as they take part in a discussion panel addressing agriculture topics. Ticket required, email agandadventure@gmail.com to inquire.

• 71st Alice in Dairyland Finale Program, Saturday, May 19; Adams-Friendship Fine Arts Center (1109 E. North Street, Adams), 4:30 p.m., Social Hour, 6 p.m., Dinner; Finale Program, 7:30 p.m. Join 70th Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman and longtime ag radio broadcaster Bob Bosold as they host the Finale Program culminating in the announcement of the 71st Alice in Dairyland. Ticket required, email agandadventure@gmail.com to inquire.

For more event information, visit aliceindairyland.com