Falls’ Widder crowned Fairest of the Fair

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


ELIZABETH WIDDER is crowned the 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville by 2014 Fairest Danielle Navis. Widder of Sheboygan Falls gives her acceptance speech (cover) as Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Deanna Schlies and Navis look on. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner ELIZABETH WIDDER is crowned the 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville by 2014 Fairest Danielle Navis. Widder of Sheboygan Falls gives her acceptance speech (cover) as Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Deanna Schlies and Navis look on. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner JOHNSONVILLE – The youngest competitor won the title of 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Monday.

Elizabeth Widder of Sheboygan Falls emerged from a field of four candidates to win the crown at the 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Gala held at Laack’s Hall Monday.

“I hope to see you all at the Sheboygan County Fair and I hope we have a great year,” the 18-yearold Sheboygan Falls High School graduate said in her acceptance speech after being crowned by the 2014 Fairest, Danielle Navis.

The daughter of Steve and Heidi Widder, the new Fairest was crowned by the 2014 Fairest, Danielle Navis, to cap off a two-hour event.


MEMBERS OF THE Willing Workers 4-H Club provided entertainment at the 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday, performing their award-winning skit “Cornfield Comedy.” — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner MEMBERS OF THE Willing Workers 4-H Club provided entertainment at the 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday, performing their award-winning skit “Cornfield Comedy.” — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner She was chosen by a selection panel that included Brenda Gilbertson, an independent agricultural marketing communications consultant, dairy farmer and wellness and financial coach from Hollandale; Jim Reid, president and CEO of American Digital Cartography Inc. and president of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation; and Janina Siemers, business manager of Siemers Holsteins in Newton.

The four candidates – Kimberly Beck (19) of Plymouth, Shannon McCabe (24) of Sheboygan and Sarah Schalk (21) of Waldo along with Widder – presented a 30-second radio advertisement for the fair and answered a fair-related question during the gala to wrap up a day-long process with the selection committee.

That included interviews with each of the candidates and an informal dinner with the members of the selection committee.

McCabe was selected third runner up, Schalk second runner-up and Beck first runner-up.

The audience also heard from Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Deanne Schlies and the 68th Alice in Dairyland Teyanna Loether.

Navis’ farewell address preceded the crowning of her successor.

She told the audience that she would never forget her year as Fairest. “Not only is it permanently stamped on my resume, it’s stamped on my life.

“The most important thing was not what I did for the fair but what our community and all of you have done for me. You made a huge impact,” Navis told the audience.

State Rep. Tyler Vorpagel, RPlymouth, presented a state citation to Navis recognizing her for her year of service as Fairest of the Fair.

“It is truly an honor to be chosen as your 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, I am very excited to represent our county fair,” Widder said in her acceptance. “our County fair is a chance for our community to come together and celebrate Sheboygan County and I couldn’t be more excited to serve as Fairest of the Fair. I look forward to what the fair will bring and I am excited to be working with some new programs and events at the fair such as the new Agventure tent,” she added.

Widder is currently attending Iowa State University, majoring in agronomy and genetics. This summer she is an intern at the Down AgroSciences Plant Breeding Research Station in Arlington, where her duties include sorting and counting seeds, planting nurseries, pollinating and taking field notes. After graduating college, she plans to go to graduate school for plant breeding and eventually return to the university to teach agronomy and do research.

As the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, Widder will attend as many county-wide events throughout the year as possible, welcoming families to the fair while teaching them about the fair’s benefits to the community, agriculture and youth. She serves as an ambassador for Sheboygan County and strives to increase awareness of the fair through media outlets in and outside of the county.

The Fairest of the Fair serves as a spokesperson, ambassador and official hostess for the Sheboygan County Fair, promoting the enormous variety of opportunities - education, social and economic that are all available at the fair. She strives to increase attendance at the Sheboygan County Fair, held Labor Day Weekend, while attending as many community events as possible.

Courtney Booth of the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Committee contributed to this story.


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