Emma Wagner of Westfield, fourth runner-up of the Marquette County Fair; Emily Watson, second runner-up of the Walworth County Fair; Gloria Kesler, 2016 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair; Sydney Endres, first runner-up of the Lodi Ag Fair; and Jenna Franseen, third runner-up of the Racine County Fair.
2016 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Crowned
The Wisconsin Association of Fairs recently held their 93rd annual convention in Wisconsin Dells and during that event announced the 50th Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. She is Gloria Kesler of Calument County and she will serve as the official ambassador of Wisconsin's county and district fairs, as well as the official hostess of the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis later this year. She is the daughter of Robert and Lucy Kesler of Menasha and studies Agriculture Education and Public Relations at UW-Platteville.
The 39 contestants competing for the honor to serve as Wisconsin's Fairest of the Fairs went through three days of intense interviews as well as group discussions and individual presentations which were all evaluated by a panel of three judges. Judges for the contest were Stacie Christel, Bob Meyer and Gail Zastrow. The process is a challenging and emotional experience for the contestants, who have a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
The first runner-up was Sydney Endres of the Lodi Ag Fair, who is the daughter of David and Patty Endres of Lodi and studies Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison.
Second runner-up was Emily Watson of the Walworth County Fair, who is the daughter of Nathan and Diane Watson of Elkhorn. She studies at Gateway Technical College and hopes to become an Agriculture Educator.
The third runner-up was Jenna Franseen of the Racine County Fair, who is the daughter of David and Julie Franseen of Racine. She studies Marketing and International Business at UW-Madison.
Fourth runner-up was Emma Wagner, Marquette County’s own Fairest of the Fair. She is the daughter of Clark and Pat Wagner of Westfield. She studies Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison.
Each of the contestants is supported by their local county fair and the communities they live in. Wagner received outstanding support from the Marquette County Fair as well as the following businesses and individuals: Brakebush Brothers Inc., Riesterer and Schnell John Deere of Westfield, It’s Poppin’ of Westfield, Kristen Skolarz, Kathleen McGwin, and Jessica Baumgartner, Fairest Coordinator for Marquette County.
Individuals interested in competing in future Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs contests may contact the Marquette County Fair at marquettecountyfairwi.org for more information about the Marquette County Fairest of the Fair program.