Plymouth’s Schelinske Fairest for 2018


MIKAYLA KLUMPYAN (center, with microphone), the 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, was one of more than a dozen former Fairests who were honored at Monday’s 2018 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair gala at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. Kaylie Schelinske of Plymouth (cover, second from left) was crowned the 2018 Fairest by 2017 Fairest Ashley Miller (left) as (left to right) Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Isabella Haen, 2017 Fairest Attendant Shannon McCabe and 2018 runner-up and Fairest Attendant Karrah Jo Wyckoff looked on. 
Review story and photos byEmmitt B. Feldner MIKAYLA KLUMPYAN (center, with microphone), the 2016 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, was one of more than a dozen former Fairests who were honored at Monday’s 2018 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair gala at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville. Kaylie Schelinske of Plymouth (cover, second from left) was crowned the 2018 Fairest by 2017 Fairest Ashley Miller (left) as (left to right) Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Isabella Haen, 2017 Fairest Attendant Shannon McCabe and 2018 runner-up and Fairest Attendant Karrah Jo Wyckoff looked on. Review story and photos byEmmitt B. Feldner JOHNSONVILLE – With four decades of the history of the position in front of her, Kaylie Schelinske of Glenbeulah earned the crown as 2018 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Monday.

The annual Fairest of the Fair Gala event at Laack’s Hall ended with Schelinske emerging from a field of four candidates to take the title.

The evening was a celebration of 40 years of Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, with more than a dozen former Fairests as special guests.

Schelinske, 20, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in elementary education, will serve as the official ambassador of the Sheboygan County Fair for the next year.

The runner-up was Karrah Jo Wyckoff, 18, of Sheboygan. The Sheboygan Falls High School graduate, a freshman at Lakeshore Technical College majoring in nursing, will serve as 2018 Fairest of the Fair attendant.

The other contestants were Kristen Rauch, 19, of Sheboygan Falls and Juliann Tetschlag, 19, of Plymouth.

“I don’t know what to say,” Schelinske after she was crowned by her predecessor, 2017 Fairest of the Fair Ashley Miller.

“My goal this year was to do a little better than last year,” said Schelinske, who was second runner-up to Miller in a field of six candidates.

All four of the candidates gave brief introductions, then presented a 30-second radio advertisement for the fair. That was followed by an impromptu question where they were asked to pick one fair event to promote to someone who had never been to the fair.

Prior to the final gala, the candidates went through an interview process and a private dinner with the selection panel members.

The selection panel members were Peggy Coffeen, editor of Progressive Dairyman magazine; Joanna Guza, digital communications specialist for the Dairy Business Association; and Rick Roden, owner of Roden Echo Valley Farms.

In her 30-second radio spot, Schelinske presented a takeoff on Clement Clark Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” “‘Twas the day of the fair.”

She said she would recommend the wide variety of popular events on the grandstand to someone who had never been to the fair, saying they offer something for everyone.

With the qualifying presentations completed, the judges retired to make the final selection.

In the meantime, 4-H music and drama participants Carson Anhalt and Abigail Charbonneau entertained with musical selections.

Fairest Committee Chair Courtney Booth then introduced a number of former Fairests who attended the gala as honored guests, from 2016’s Mikayla Klumpyan all the way back to the first Fairest from 1978, Sue Fenner- Erdmann.

All of the former Fairests shared their memories of their time, with several making special mention of the late Dr. Roger Seigert and his wife, who were instrumental in establishing the Fairest of the Fair position 40 years ago.

Miller presented a slideshow with highlights of her year as Fairest, including finishing runner-up in the statewide Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs competition.

“The year has flown by,” Miller told the audience. “There’s so many amazing people I’ve gotten to meet along the way. It just goes to show our community has a real love for the fair, whether they live on a farm or not.”

Miller also had advice for whichever of the candidates would be lucky enough to follow her as Fairest of the Fair.

“The fair goes by so fast,” she told the candidates. “Your feet will hurt, your cheeks will hurt, but it’s the best five days of your reign. It’s something I will cherish forever. You are a Fairest forever – it is a part of you forever.”


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