Crowned

Sheboygan’s Miller chosen from field of six to be Fairest of the Fair
by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


MAKAYLA KLUMPYAN, 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, placed the crown on Ashley Miller of Sheboygan after she was selected as the 2017 Fairest of the Fair at the annual Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner MAKAYLA KLUMPYAN, 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, placed the crown on Ashley Miller of Sheboygan after she was selected as the 2017 Fairest of the Fair at the annual Fairest of the Fair Gala Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner JOHNSONVILLE – Who says a city girl can’t be the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair?

Not this year, at least, as Sheboygan resident Ashley Miller emerged from a field of six candidates to earn the title 2017 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Monday at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville.

The 20-year-old Sheboygan South High graduate is a sophomore at UW-Sheboygan and UWOshkosh majoring in early childhood and special education.

“As an aspiring teacher,” Miller said in her introduction at Monday’s gala, she would use her time as Fairest “to teach children to work hard and take pride in what they do.”

Shannon McCabe of Plymouth was chosen first runner-up and will serve as Fairest of the Fair attendant, as well as filling in for Miller at events where she is not available.

The second runner-up was Kaylie Schelinske of Glenbeulah.

The other three candidates were Hailey Mokenthine of Plymouth, Mandilynn Race of Cedar Grove and Kylie Scherer of Sheboygan Falls.

All six of the candidates gave brief introductions. They also presented a 30-second radio advertisement for the fair, after which they were asked how they would promote the fair to a general audience.

“I don’t want to be standing on a podium wearing my pretty crown,” Miller answered in saying that she would like to meet as many people as possible to extol the virtues of the fair.

In her radio spot, she reminded everyone that the Labor Day weekend fair is, “not the end of summer, it’s the beginning of fun.”

Prior to the final gala, the six candidates had each gone through an interview process and a private dinner with the selection panel members as part of the selection process.

The selection panel members were Dale Beaty, chief administrative officer of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau; Nicole Breunig, marketing manager at Priority IAC and a former Alice in Dairyland coordinator; and Natalie Parmentier-Killion, a school counselor in the Green Bay school district and the 56th Alice in Dairyland.

While the panel was making their difficult choice, the audience was entertained by piano and vocal selections from a trio of talented 4-Hers, Carson Anhalt, Lauren Danforth and Abby Charbonneau.

All of the candidates got encouragement during the gala from several speakers, including 2016 Fairest Makayla Klumpyan, 2016 Fairest Attendant Victoria Payne and 2017 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Rebecca Starkenburg.

Starkenburg called the Fairest program, “something that can improve the world” and called it “one of the best jobs you can ever have.”

She praised all of the candidates for their professionalism and enthusiasm.

Before she crowned her successor, Klumpyan reviewed her “crazy, busy year” as Fairest of the Fair.

“We are surely blessed beyond measure,” to have a fair the quality of the Sheboygan County Fair and the support from the community it gets, Klumpyan commented.

As she teared up at the prospect of her reign ending, Klumpyan reminded herself as well as the candidates to be her successor, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Taking her crown and sash from Klumpyan, Payne and Starkenburg, an overwhelmed Miller could only say, “I’m speechless. I’m so excited to be your Fairest of the Fair.”


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