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Alice in Dairyland reunites with predecessor who inspired her, passes inspiration on to the next generation


The 66th Alice in Dairyland, Kristin Olson, made her last classroom visit before passing on the tiara to the next Alice Friday at Fairview School. It was a special event, as she reunited with former Alice Courtney Ott Booth (right, above right). On one of Ott Booth’s classroom visits during her reign, she had her picture taken with Eden fourth-grader Kristin Olson (middle right), inspiring her dreams. At Fairview, Olson shared her message about Wisconsin agriculture (above and right) along with Sheboygan County Dairy Ambassador Marlene Kammann (below) and had her picture taken with Ott Booth’s daughter Ava (top right) and Campbell (cover). 
Review storyand photos byEmmitt B. Feldner The 66th Alice in Dairyland, Kristin Olson, made her last classroom visit before passing on the tiara to the next Alice Friday at Fairview School. It was a special event, as she reunited with former Alice Courtney Ott Booth (right, above right). On one of Ott Booth’s classroom visits during her reign, she had her picture taken with Eden fourth-grader Kristin Olson (middle right), inspiring her dreams. At Fairview, Olson shared her message about Wisconsin agriculture (above and right) along with Sheboygan County Dairy Ambassador Marlene Kammann (below) and had her picture taken with Ott Booth’s daughter Ava (top right) and Campbell (cover). Review storyand photos byEmmitt B. Feldner With two-thirds of a century of history, there’s bound to be some connections among the women who have served as Alice in Dairyland.

One of those connections between the present and a former Alice – with another generation added for good measure – took place Friday at Fairview Elementary School here.

It all started in 1998, when the state’s 50th dairy princess, Courtney Ott, visited a fourth-grade classroom in Eden as part of her duties.

She met and had her picture taken with fourth-grader Kristin Olson.

That sparked Olson’s interest in following in Ott’s footsteps and, sure enough, 16 years later, she became Wisconsin’s 66th dairy princess.

Olson’s reign ended June 1, and one of her last stops was in Plymouth, where she was reunited with Courtney Ott Booth and visited the classroom of Booth’s two daughters – first-grader Campbell and fourth-grader Ava.

“This was very special,” an ebullient Courtney admitted afterward about reuniting with Olson. “I’m so excited about her future and excited about what she has done for the state and our agriculture industry. I’m very proud to have been a small part of that, that story and that dream and that movement forward.”


Submitted photo Submitted photo “Words can’t express how wonderful this has been,” Olson told Campbell Booth and her classmates in answer to a question about her year as Alice. “It has been a whirlwind adventure, an amazing and very rewarding experience.”

Ott Booth recalled that Olson contacted her before applying for the public relations position with the state Department of Agriculture over a year ago.

“She reached out to me and asked some very insightful questions,” she said of Olson. “I was able to share with her some of my experiences and give her some encouragement, knowing she would be very capable.”

Olson’s presentations to the Fairview classes were her usual ones, stressing the importance of agriculture to the state and to all of its citizens, as well as the importance of nutrition and good eating.

But, Olson conceded, the reconnection with her predecessor and the chance to meet her daughters made her last classroom visit of the year special.

The current and former Alices posed for pictures with the posters from their reigns and included Ott Booth’s daughters in both pictures, recreating the scene from an Eden classroom nearly two decades earlier that spurred a future Alice’s dreams.

And as for her daughters, Campbell and Ava?

“Ten-year-old Ava has expressed an interest in serving as Fairest of the Fair and Alice someday, which is about the same age as I first became interested and Kristin as well,” Ott Booth said. “I guess the opportunities are wide open and I’ll encourage her and Campbell no matter what they do.”

But don’t be surprised if somewhere down the line there might be a reunion of two former Alices with a current Alice to bring the circle around again.



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