Plymouth’s Klumpyan crowned Fairest

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


MAKAYLA KLUMPYAN OF Plymouth (above, right) is crowned 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair by 2015 Fairest Elizabeth Widder at the Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. MASTER OF CEREMONIES Walter Taylor (below, left) takes a selfie as Widder (right) is presented with a legislative citation honoring her year as Fairest by state Reps. Terry Katsma (second from left) and Tyler Vorpagel. ‘THE GRAMMYS REVISITED” was the musical entertainment provided by the Mosel Farm and Home 4-H Club (left below) during the gala. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner MAKAYLA KLUMPYAN OF Plymouth (above, right) is crowned 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair by 2015 Fairest Elizabeth Widder at the Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. MASTER OF CEREMONIES Walter Taylor (below, left) takes a selfie as Widder (right) is presented with a legislative citation honoring her year as Fairest by state Reps. Terry Katsma (second from left) and Tyler Vorpagel. ‘THE GRAMMYS REVISITED” was the musical entertainment provided by the Mosel Farm and Home 4-H Club (left below) during the gala. — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner JOHNSONVILLE – Makayla Klumpyan of Plymouth will be “zipping” her way through the 2016 Sheboygan County Fair – and the coming year – as the Fairest of the Fair.

The 19-year-old Plymouth High School graduate and sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was chosen from a field of five candidates for the position Monday night at the Fairest of the Fair Gala at Laack’s Hall.

As Fairest, the agriculture education major at UWRF will serve as host at the five-day event over Labor Day weekend, along with promoting the fair throughout the year at various events and through the media.

As part of the gala’s selection process, Klumpyan and the other candidates – Victoria Payne, Haley Rautmann, Sarah Schalk and Jennifer Schwartz – presented a 30-second radio commercial for the fair.

In her commercial, Klumpyan invited listeners to “zip your way through the 2016 Sheboygan County Fair” on an imaginary “free zip line” to get a bird’seye view of the attractions and fun from one end of the fairgrounds to the other.

Klumpyan, who was crowned by 2015 Fairest of the Fair Elizabeth Widder of Sheboygan Falls, also received a $1,000 Gene and Kathleen Kaestner Family Scholarship along with prizes.

Payne, 18, of Plymouth, was selected first runnerup and received a $500 scholarship from Teunissen Green Acres Farms LLC and Leading Dairy Solutions.

Second runner-up was Schwartz, 18, of Glenbeulah, while Schalk, 22, of Waldo was third runner-up and Rautmann, 20, of Sheboygan Falls, was fourth runner-up.

All of the contestants received scholarships and several baskets of gifts and prizes.

The gala was the culmination of an afternoon-long process that included individual and group interviews with the three judges.

The judges - 46th Alice in Dairyland Angela Tuthill, a special education teacher in Wyoming, Ill.; Bryant Gill, assistant farm director at Midwest Family Marketing in Madison; and Cara Biely, associate territory at Zoetis-DePere – then shared a private dinner with the candidates.

Each of the candidates shared their 30-second fair radio commercial with the audience at the gala and answered a question about their favorite tradition.

For eventual winner Klumpyan, her favorite tradition, “has got to be showing. That’s been part of the Sheboygan County Fair since it started. Everyone deserves to share the tradition of showing at the fair.”

Payne opted for a more recent tradition, the celebrity cream puff eating contest, which she noted was started by a former Fairest of the Fair.

Schwarz cited the 4-H building with its tasty treats and handmade projects, while Schalk pointed to the meat animal sale and Rautmann opted for the cattle judging and showing cattle.

Klumpyan was crowned by 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Elizabeth Widder of Sheboygan Falls (in her last act as reigning Fairest) and Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Gloria Kesler.

Widder received a legislative citation recognizing her year as Fairest of the Fair from state Rep. Tyler Vorpagel, R-Plymouth, and Terry Katsma, R-Oostburg.

In her farewell speech, Widder thanked the Fairest Committee, the Fair Board and audience members, “for being my number one supporters this past year. What an honor and joy it has been.”

She advised her successor, Klumpyan, that she will be “very busy” for the next year.

The Mosel Farm and Home 4-H Club provided entertainment with their presentation of “The Grammys Revisited.”

Plymouth High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Walter Taylor served as master of ceremonies for the gala.


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