Alice in Dairyland connections run through county

A LICE IN DAIRYLAND REPRESENTS the agriculture industry of the entire state of Wisconsin, but we like to feel we have a special connection with Alice here in Plymouth and Sheboygan County.

For instance, three of the last 13 young ladies chosen Alice hailed from Sheboygan County – Nicole (Franzen) Reese of Sheboygan Falls in 2006 and Plymouth’s Angela Hemauer in 2002 and Ashley (Huibregtse) Andre in 2008.

In addition, two former Alices now call Sheboygan County home – 1982’s Dorothy Farrell, who lives in Elkhart Lake and is demand planning director for Sargento Foods, and Courtney (Ott) Booth from 1997, who now lives in Plymouth.

Sheboygan County successfully hosted the Alice selection program, to rave reviews, in 2008 and late last month Plymouth was the site of another Alice event – the reunion of a current Alice and her inspiration from 16 years earlier.

It also featured a recreation of the event that inspired the 66th Alice – Kristin Olson of Eden – to fulfill her dream in 2013.

It was a fourth-grade classroom in Eden in 1998 that hosted the then- Alice, Courtney Ott of Forest Junction, and Ott had her picture taken with the fourth graders – right next to student Kristin Olson.

For her last official event as the 66th Alice, Olson paid a visit to Fairview Elementary School and visited the first- and fourth-grade classrooms, where she had her picture taken with Courtney Ott Booth’s daughters Campbell and Ava.

It was a heart-warming completion of the circle and, who knows, perhaps even the spark for a next generation of Alices.

For the two-thirds of a century that the position of Alice in Dairyland has been part of the state’s dairy and agriculture promotion efforts, the more than five dozen young ladies who have filled the position have been much more than just dairy princesses.

They have played a vital role in educating the state’s young people in the importance of agriculture and dairy farming to Wisconsin’s economy and development; spread the word about the importance of healthy, nutritious eating; promoted Wisconsin farm and dairy products across the state and around the world; and carried their enthusiasm and love for Wisconsin’s number-one industry on into their adult lives and careers, making countless contributions to its growth and further development far beyond their one year as Alice in Dairyland.

Last month’s event at Fairview highlighted the connectivity and continuity that the Alice in Dairyland program and the women who have held that role represent, emphasizing the positive benefits it brings to the state and its agricultural industry.

It was a great moment and fitting that it took place here in Sheboygan County, which has many connections to Alice in Dairyland. And who knows, in another 10 or 12 years or so, we might well be the home of the first-ever mother and daughter Alices. It would be the next logical step.

At issue:
Alice in Dairyland
Bottom line:
Strong county connections

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