One will wear the crown

Seven contenders for 2013 Fairest of the Fair title, winner to be announced at June 17 gala
by Kara Abraham and Kelly Bindl of the Fairest of the Fair Committee


Jennifer Kuffel, 19, Oostburg, is the daughter of Michael and Amy Kuffel. She is a graduate of Oostburg High School and is currently attending UW-River Falls majoring in Dairy Science with a minor in Crop and Soil Science. This summer she will be employed by Lakeside Foods Inc. in the Agronomy Department. This fall she has been hired by UW-River Falls Admissions Department to be a tour guide where she will show prospective students around the campus and answer any questions they may have. Her future goals include impacting Wisconsin and local agriculture by promoting events such as the fair and to raise a family that shares her passion for agriculture. Kuffel shares in her essay, “I believe the role of the Fairest of the Fair is to promote all the opportunities available at the fair in a professional manner. If selected as Fairest my goals would be to promote the fair to the best of my ability with my outgoing, mature, hardworking, and dependable personality and to improve my communications skills. I want to give everyone an experience at the fair that makes the whole community want to come back the next year.” Jennifer Kuffel, 19, Oostburg, is the daughter of Michael and Amy Kuffel. She is a graduate of Oostburg High School and is currently attending UW-River Falls majoring in Dairy Science with a minor in Crop and Soil Science. This summer she will be employed by Lakeside Foods Inc. in the Agronomy Department. This fall she has been hired by UW-River Falls Admissions Department to be a tour guide where she will show prospective students around the campus and answer any questions they may have. Her future goals include impacting Wisconsin and local agriculture by promoting events such as the fair and to raise a family that shares her passion for agriculture. Kuffel shares in her essay, “I believe the role of the Fairest of the Fair is to promote all the opportunities available at the fair in a professional manner. If selected as Fairest my goals would be to promote the fair to the best of my ability with my outgoing, mature, hardworking, and dependable personality and to improve my communications skills. I want to give everyone an experience at the fair that makes the whole community want to come back the next year.” It’s that time of year again.


Tiffany Born, 21, Plymouth, is the daughter of Jeff Born. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending UW-Platteville where she plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is employed by the UW School System as an accounting tutor and during the summer she will be working at Bemis Manufacturing Company. Her future goals include receiving her Bachelor’s Degree and to have a career as a financial or cost accountant for an agricultural based company. Born shares in her essay, “The Fairest of the Fair’s main role is to positively mote the Sheboygan County Fair. As Fairest I would strive to educate and serve as a role model for the youth of the county. It would be my goal to invest as much time as I can into events throughout the county and state to support the Sheboygan County Fair with a family friendly atmosphere.” Tiffany Born, 21, Plymouth, is the daughter of Jeff Born. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending UW-Platteville where she plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. She is employed by the UW School System as an accounting tutor and during the summer she will be working at Bemis Manufacturing Company. Her future goals include receiving her Bachelor’s Degree and to have a career as a financial or cost accountant for an agricultural based company. Born shares in her essay, “The Fairest of the Fair’s main role is to positively mote the Sheboygan County Fair. As Fairest I would strive to educate and serve as a role model for the youth of the county. It would be my goal to invest as much time as I can into events throughout the county and state to support the Sheboygan County Fair with a family friendly atmosphere.” The Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair program is announcing seven candidates who have applied to become the next Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair.


Kaitlyn Gulig, 18, New Holstein, is the daughter of Tammi Luebke. She is a graduate of New Holstein High School and is currently attending UW-Sheboygan. She is employed at the Osthoff Resort and Hotel in Elkhart Lake as a room attendant. Her future goals include obtaining her Associate’s Degree from UWSheboygan and then transfer to a four year University to receive her Bachelor’s Degree. Gulig shares in her essay, “I feel that the role of the Fairest of the Fair is to be a positive role model for the fair. If I were selected as Fairest of the Fair I would inform and promote to people about the many different aspects of the fair. I would not only promote the agricultural aspect, but the social and cultural aspects of it as well.” Kaitlyn Gulig, 18, New Holstein, is the daughter of Tammi Luebke. She is a graduate of New Holstein High School and is currently attending UW-Sheboygan. She is employed at the Osthoff Resort and Hotel in Elkhart Lake as a room attendant. Her future goals include obtaining her Associate’s Degree from UWSheboygan and then transfer to a four year University to receive her Bachelor’s Degree. Gulig shares in her essay, “I feel that the role of the Fairest of the Fair is to be a positive role model for the fair. If I were selected as Fairest of the Fair I would inform and promote to people about the many different aspects of the fair. I would not only promote the agricultural aspect, but the social and cultural aspects of it as well.” The 2013 Fairest will be named at the Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m.at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville.


Jessica Levsen, 20, Plymouth, is the daughter of Mark and Amy Levsen. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending Fox Valley Technical College where she is majoring in Farm Operations. She is employed by her family farm where she is responsible for the management and feeding of calves and young stock. She is also employed by AB Lane Farm where she milks cows and has other related responsibilities. Her future goals include owning and operating her own dairy farm. Levsen shares in her essay, “It is the role of the individual selected to be the Fairest of the Fair to promote the Fair at the various events of the summer and to serve as a personable, welcoming, and informative hostess of the numerous events that comprise the Fair itself. Should I be selected as Fairest my goals would include taking advantage of every opportunity to further the development of my public speaking skills as well as that of the ability to conduct myself in an assured manner.” Jessica Levsen, 20, Plymouth, is the daughter of Mark and Amy Levsen. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending Fox Valley Technical College where she is majoring in Farm Operations. She is employed by her family farm where she is responsible for the management and feeding of calves and young stock. She is also employed by AB Lane Farm where she milks cows and has other related responsibilities. Her future goals include owning and operating her own dairy farm. Levsen shares in her essay, “It is the role of the individual selected to be the Fairest of the Fair to promote the Fair at the various events of the summer and to serve as a personable, welcoming, and informative hostess of the numerous events that comprise the Fair itself. Should I be selected as Fairest my goals would include taking advantage of every opportunity to further the development of my public speaking skills as well as that of the ability to conduct myself in an assured manner.” The Fairest of the Fair serves as the official ambassador for the Fair, welcoming families and individuals to attend the Sheboygan County Fair, Labor Day Weekend. Throughout her year, the Fairest is involved in county-wide events such as festivals, picnics, parades, adult care center visits and youth events. While attending these events, she is the public relations professional that shares the story of what makes the fair unique and inviting for all.


Shannon McCabe, 22, Sheboygan, is the daughter of Tom & Katie McCabe. She is a graduate of Sheboygan North High School and Lakeshore Technical College and is currently attending UW-Fond du Lac where she is studying pre-vet. She is employed at Advance Auto Parts where she is a Customer Sales Associate. Her future goals are to become a Veterinarian and own her own veterinary clinic and animal shelter. McCabe shares in her essay, “The role of the Fairest of the Fair has many responsibilities, accomplishments and honors. It is a highly respected position are looked upon as a role model for young women and children. The Fairest of the Fair is someone that reflects what the Sheboygan County Fair is and represents,” states McCabe. “If selected as Fairest one of my goals are to be as outgoing as possible and involve myself in numerous fair and community activities that I have never done before,” concludes McCabe. Shannon McCabe, 22, Sheboygan, is the daughter of Tom & Katie McCabe. She is a graduate of Sheboygan North High School and Lakeshore Technical College and is currently attending UW-Fond du Lac where she is studying pre-vet. She is employed at Advance Auto Parts where she is a Customer Sales Associate. Her future goals are to become a Veterinarian and own her own veterinary clinic and animal shelter. McCabe shares in her essay, “The role of the Fairest of the Fair has many responsibilities, accomplishments and honors. It is a highly respected position are looked upon as a role model for young women and children. The Fairest of the Fair is someone that reflects what the Sheboygan County Fair is and represents,” states McCabe. “If selected as Fairest one of my goals are to be as outgoing as possible and involve myself in numerous fair and community activities that I have never done before,” concludes McCabe. Each candidate was asked to complete a two-page application, a 250-word essay titled “What do you feel the role(s) of the Fairest of the Fair is and what goals would you set to accomplish the role of Fairest if you are selected?” and attach their personal resume.


Natalie Rortvedt, 20, Plymouth, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lori Rortvedt. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending UWGreen Bay where she is studying nursing. She is currently employed at Angels on Arcadian Assisted Living and Pine Haven Christian Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is also employed by Pit Stop Catering (Road America). Her future goals include working as a nurse in one of three areas: Emergency Room Care, Operating Room Care or in an Oncology Unit. She would also like to have her own herd of beef cattle. Rortvedt shares in her essay, “As the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair I want to make sure the public knows absolutely everything the Sheboygan County Fair has to offer and make it known that just because you may not be involved in agriculture doesn’t mean there isn’t something for you. I want the public to know there is something at the fair for every age and personality. As the Fairest of the Fair, I want to educate the public about the endless possibilities our fair and community have to offer.” Natalie Rortvedt, 20, Plymouth, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lori Rortvedt. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending UWGreen Bay where she is studying nursing. She is currently employed at Angels on Arcadian Assisted Living and Pine Haven Christian Home as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She is also employed by Pit Stop Catering (Road America). Her future goals include working as a nurse in one of three areas: Emergency Room Care, Operating Room Care or in an Oncology Unit. She would also like to have her own herd of beef cattle. Rortvedt shares in her essay, “As the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair I want to make sure the public knows absolutely everything the Sheboygan County Fair has to offer and make it known that just because you may not be involved in agriculture doesn’t mean there isn’t something for you. I want the public to know there is something at the fair for every age and personality. As the Fairest of the Fair, I want to educate the public about the endless possibilities our fair and community have to offer.” 
Shella Paukner, 19, Adell, is the daughter of Steven and Denise Paukner. She is a graduate of Random Lake High School and is currently attending UWOshkosh majoring in Education. She is currently employed (when in season) at Sunburst Ski Hill where she teaches 3-7 year olds how to ski and snowboard. Her future goals include obtaining her Education Degree and getting a job at a High School teaching Mathematics. Paukner shares in her essay, “As the fairest, I would represent the Sheboygan County Fair at as many community events as possible and to promote the fair, make everyone feel welcome, make sure everyone has an enjoyable time at the fair, introduce events, provide a good example, and be there to answer questions and educate people about the events going on at the fair. If selected as Fairest of the Fair I would be professional at all times, friendly and inviting to everyone I see at the fair.” Shella Paukner, 19, Adell, is the daughter of Steven and Denise Paukner. She is a graduate of Random Lake High School and is currently attending UWOshkosh majoring in Education. She is currently employed (when in season) at Sunburst Ski Hill where she teaches 3-7 year olds how to ski and snowboard. Her future goals include obtaining her Education Degree and getting a job at a High School teaching Mathematics. Paukner shares in her essay, “As the fairest, I would represent the Sheboygan County Fair at as many community events as possible and to promote the fair, make everyone feel welcome, make sure everyone has an enjoyable time at the fair, introduce events, provide a good example, and be there to answer questions and educate people about the events going on at the fair. If selected as Fairest of the Fair I would be professional at all times, friendly and inviting to everyone I see at the fair.” During the Fairest Gala, these seven candidates will be highlighted in a live competition on-stage for the selection of the 2013 Fairest of the Fair.

To give readers a preview of the candidates and the exciting evening that is planned, we’ve asked the candidates to share a little more about themselves and some highlights from their essay.

There is a three-person interview panel evaluating the candidates all day on criteria from their written applications, individual interviews, group interviews and gala speaking performances.

The evening begins with “Mootails and Hors d’oeuvres” which is cold milk, cheese and sausage provided by our sponsoring businesses. All attending will witness the candidate’s self-introductions, 30 second radio advertisements, impromptu question/ answers, on-stage presence, overall communications and knowledge of the Fair. Additionally, there will be entertainment by the Johnsonville Hustler’s 4-H Club, a farewell by outgoing Fairest, Elizabeth Limberg and an update from Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Stephanie Koch.

The newly named Fairest will receive the Gene and Kathleen Kaestner Family Scholarship Award of $500 and the $250 Sheboygan County Farm Technology Day Scholarship along with prizes. 1st runner-up receives a $200 scholarship award from Bill and Pauline Jens Family and all candidates will receive numerous gift items for their participation.

Over 113 businesses from throughout Sheboygan County have donated their products and services to the Fairest of the Fair program. In addition to the prizes donated for the candidate gift baskets, the sponsoring food-based companies will feature their products for the public to enjoy at the “Winners’ Dinner” in celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the candidates vying to become the next Fairest. For more information or questions about the event, please contact Courtney Booth, chair at (920) 893-6823.


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