Seven candidates to vie for Fairest of the Fair

by Kara Abraham and Kelly Bindl
Fairest of the Fair Committee


SEVEN CANDIDATES will vie to be crowned the 2013 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair at the annual Fairest of the Fair Gala on Monday, June 17, at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville. Pictured left to right are Shella Paukner of Adell, Jessica Levsen of Plymouth, Kaitlyn Gulig of New Holstein, Tiffany Born of Plymouth, Jennifer Kuffel of Oostburg, Shannon McCabe of Sheboygan and Natalie Rortvedt of Plymouth. – Photo courtesy of Leslie Faye SEVEN CANDIDATES will vie to be crowned the 2013 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair at the annual Fairest of the Fair Gala on Monday, June 17, at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville. Pictured left to right are Shella Paukner of Adell, Jessica Levsen of Plymouth, Kaitlyn Gulig of New Holstein, Tiffany Born of Plymouth, Jennifer Kuffel of Oostburg, Shannon McCabe of Sheboygan and Natalie Rortvedt of Plymouth. – Photo courtesy of Leslie Faye The Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair program has announced seven candidates who have applied to become the next Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair.

The 2013 Fairest will be named at the Fairest of the Fair Gala on Monday, June 17, at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville.

The Fairest of the Fair serves as the official ambassador for the Sheboygan County Fair, welcoming families and individuals to attend the fair on Labor Day Weekend.

Throughout her year, the Fairest is involved in countywide 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.

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.

During the Fairest Gala, the seven candidates will be highlighted in a live competition on-stage for the selection of the 2013 Fairest of the Fair.

The 2013 candidates are profiled as follows.

Tiffany Born, 21, of 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 Co.

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.

Kaitlyn Gulig, 18, of 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 UW-Sheboygan and then transfer to a four-year university to receive her bachelor’s degree.

Jennifer Kuffel, 19, of 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 UWRiver 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.

Jessica Levsen, 20, of 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 A-B-Lane Farm where she milks cows and has other related responsibilities.

Her future goals include owning and operating her own dairy farm.

Shannon McCabe, 22, of 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 UWFond 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.

Shella Paukner, 19, of Adell is the daughter of Steven and Denise Paukner. She is a graduate of Random Lake High School and is currently attending UW-Oshkosh 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.

Natalie Rortvedt, 20, of Plymouth is the daughter of Jeffrey and Lori Rortvedt. She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently attending UW-Green 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 either emergency room care, operating room care or in an oncology unit. She would also like to have her own herd of beef cattle.

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 the event’s sponsoring businesses.

All attending will witness the candidate’s self-introductions, 30-second radio advertisements, impromptu question/answers, onstage 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 of the Fair 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.

The first 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.

For more information or questions about the event, contact Courtney Booth at 893-6823.


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