NEW Fairest of the Fair/Fair Ambassador Program
FREE WITH PAID ADMISSION TO THE FAIRFinal competition held at the Leinie Lodge Stage
Presented by Citizens Bank, Waukesha Noon Kiwanis, Waukesha County Farm Bureau, Image Makers Advertising, and Waukesha Floral & Greenhouse
Applications Due: Monday, June 15
Competition Held: Monday, June 22
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 at the Fair Ambassador. The individual chosen in 2020 will serve as the official host and spokesperson of the 2021 Waukesha County Fair, held July 21-25. 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.
2019 Fairest of the Fair
Michaela King of Big Bend
We’re excited to announce that Michaela King of Big Bend is our 2019 Fairest of the Fair! Michaela, 20, practically grew up at the Waukesha County Fair, participating frequently as a ceramics, fruits and vegetables, sewing, crocheting, and photography exhibitor. She’s also helped at the Livestock Auction as a photographer and assistant, and offered support with the Dairy Committee Show and brochure. During her reign as Fairest, Michaela plans to represent the lifelong friendships, memories, and experiences that come with being part of the Fair. She also hopes to reach out to people who might not have this experience and help them realize what a positive impact the Fair has on its community members. Michaela is currently going to school at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and plans to graduate with a double major in Professional Journalism and Photography.
Michaela’s responsibilities as Fairest of the Fair include welcoming Fairgoers to the Fair, interviewing with the media, announcing special events, introducing entertainment acts, awarding ribbons, and representing Waukesha County in Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fairs competition in January 2020. The Waukesha County Fair selects its Fairest of the Fair based on personality, appearance, poise, community involvement, and overall knowledge of the Fair. Contestants must live in Waukesha County or participate in a Waukesha County 4-H program. Michaela succeeds Abigail Bralick of Waukesha, our 2018 Fairest of the Fair, and will be awarded a scholarship at the end of her reign.