Fairest of the Fair/Fair Ambassador Program


Presented by Citizens Bank and Waukesha County Farm Bureau
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Sponsored by Waukesha Noon Kiwanis and Carroll University with special thanks to the King Family and Waukesha Floral and Greenhouse for their unwavering support
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Tuesday, June 27 | 5 pm

Waukesha County Fair, Fairest of the Fair – 2024 Official Competition

Held at the Waukesha County Expo Grounds – Arena Building: 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha
Judges and Contestants arrive at 5 pm
Public and Families arrive at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, June 28 | 9 am

Waukesha County Fair, Fairest of the Fair – 2024 Official Crowning

Held at the Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum – Grand Ballroom: 101 W. Main Street, Waukesha

Wednesday, July 19 | 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Fairest of the Fair Royal “Tea” Event

Held at the Leinie Lodge

fairest-logoThe Waukesha County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2024 Waukesha County Fair Fairest of the Fair competition. Any Waukesha County resident, at least 18 years of age on or before June 1, 2024, with Fair experience is encouraged to APPLY.

The Fairest of the Fair or Fair Ambassador is selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of, and experience with the Waukesha County Fair. Requirements for the competition include being age 18 by the competition date and having knowledge/experience with the Waukesha County Fair. They will also need to attend at least three parades during the summer of their Fair and attend the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs conventions, held annually in January.

Everyone is encouraged to apply; applicants can be male or female. If a female is selected, she will be known at the Fairest of the Fair. If a male is selected, he will be known as the Fair Ambassador. The individual chosen in 2023 will serve as the official host and spokesperson of the 2024 Waukesha County Fair, held July 17-21. The Fairest/Ambassador will have an entire year to learn more about the Fair, have increased opportunities to engage with the community, and be mentored by the current Fairest/Ambassador. The process of selecting a Fairest/Ambassador will be applied to each future year as well. This change is fostered by reviewing programs from other Fairs across the State and information provided by the State Fairest of the Fair Program to continue to improve our program, development, and offerings.

Responsibilities of the Fairest/Ambassador include welcoming the public, interviews with the media, announcing special events, judging and participating in contests, and awarding ribbons. Throughout the reigning year, the Fairest of the Fair/Fair Ambassador attends county functions, speaks at community engagements, schools, and clubs, and participates in parades as requested. During the following year’s Fair, the Fairest/Ambassador will be a part of putting together a showcase event on Opening Day (Wednesday) of the Fair. In addition, the Fairest/Ambassador represents the Waukesha County Fair at the three-day Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fairs Competition, to be held in January in Wisconsin Dells. A scholarship for continuing education will be awarded to the Fairest of the Fair/Fair Ambassador at the end of the reign.

Now Accepting Applications


2023 Fairest of the Fair

Elouisa Szczech of Wales

Emma Vorpagel 2023 Fairest of the Fair

Crowned as our 56th Fairest of the Fair, Elouisa Szczech, of Wales, WI has been an exhibitor, participating at the Waukesha County Fair for twelve years. “Ellie,” for short, started her experience with the Fair as a Cloverbud in 4-H and since then, her involvement and passion for the Fair has evolved greatly. Projects such as cooking, photography, showing dairy, and exhibiting poultry are just some of Ellie’s favorite areas of participation at the Fair over the years. With continued opportunities, Ellie was able to exhibit not only on the County level but even more, at the State level representing Waukesha County as a whole. From her continued dedication, Ellie earned the privilege of being sent as a State youth Delegate to Madison to represent Waukesha County as a whole through 4-H. The Fair has been and always will be important to Ellie. From inviting family and friends, setting out Fair signs, to giving a presentation about the history of the Waukesha County Fair and 4-H at her school, her drive to spread awareness and get others involved spans far and wide.

Ellie’s desire to serve runs deep. From being a long-time volunteer at a local farm, meal packing for underserved communities at a local church, all the way to community choir events, she is a part of giving back and making a difference. As Ellie is experiencing her first year at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, she has the goal to help children and their families as a speech pathologist down the road. Her love for working with children and break barriers stems not only from her volunteer experiences, but also from her brother. Ellie is working to bring more awareness to organizations and opportunities that seek to change the stigma associated with having special needs. Ellie will be working to expand the Fairest platform to highlight inclusivity at this year’s event.

1st Runner Up Autumn King of Big Bend
2nd Runner Up Amara Bugenhagen of Mukwonago
Miss Congeniality Ellie Szczech of Wales

2022 Fairest of the Fair

Emma Vorpagel of Hartland

Emma Vorpagel 2022 Fairest of the Fair

Emma has been showing a variety of animals at the Fair since she was nine including rabbits, poultry, swine, and beef. She is currently the rotating President of her 4-H Club. At her high school, Emma was the Varsity Team Captain for the Track and Field team as well as the Cross-Country Team. She was a Board Member of “Survivor and Veteran Experiences”, a member of National Honors Society, and a part of Interact Club, Student Senate, Principal’s Cabinet, and more. Emma will be starting her freshman year at Northern Illinois University in the Fall. She has participated in many community activities and spends a lot of her time volunteering throughout the community. One of her goals as Fairest of the Fair is to educate others about the livestock and showing industry. Emma would love to continue valuable Fair traditions and help others learn and grow, as she has.