Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Winners from Kewaunee County

The Kewaunee County Fair is proud to introduce you to the 2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs

Kewaunee County Fair’s 2017 Fairest of the Fair Isabella Haen

Kewaunee County’s Haen named Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs

USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 1:00 p.m. CT Jan. 17, 2018
WEST ALLIS – Kewaunee County native Isabella Haen was named Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs for 2018 by the Wisconsin Association of Fairs at its annual convention in Wisconsin Dells.

A field of 36 contestants from county and district fairs throughout Wisconsin participated in the competition, which was created 52 years ago to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs.

Haen, who entered the contest as a representative of the Kewaunee County Fair, will serve a one-year term, and her responsibilities include making appearances at fairs and events throughout the state, working with media and promoting the importance of Wisconsin’s fair and agriculture industries.

In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair, which will take place Aug. 2 through 12 at the fairgrounds in West Allis. This includes greeting fair goers and special guests, performing as the master of ceremonies for several events during State Fair, participating in various contests, and representing the fair during select media appearances.

The daughter of Matt Haen and Coleen Blizel of Casco, Haen is a recent graduate of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, where she earned a degree in Agriculture Business and Science Technology. She currently works as a herdsperson at Kinnard Farms, Inc. in the Town of Lincoln, where she is responsible for the well-being of 7,200 animals. Additionally, throughout her FFA career, she held roles such as student adviser, vice president and president and recently joined the FFA Alumni program.

Each year, the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout the state promoting the educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin’s fairs. It is a position of responsibility, and the winner must possess excellent communication skills as well as organization, professionalism and a passion for Wisconsin’s fair industry.

“We look forward to welcoming the Fairest of the Fairs to the Wisconsin State Fair staff each year,” said Kathleen O’Leary, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “Isabella has proven she will be an excellent ambassador for Wisconsin’s fair industry, including State Fair.”

Haen replaces the 2017 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Rebecca Starkenburg from the Lodi Agricultural Fair. The Fairest is chosen by a panel of three judges representing the fair, communications and agriculture industries.

Individuals interested in competing in future Fairest of the Fairs contests should contact their county or district fair board or visit WiFairs.com.

Haen named Kewaunee County’s first Wisconsin Fairest of Fairs

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January 12, 2018 01:00 pm
By Tim Kowols

For the first time in almost 50 years, Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fairs calls Kewaunee County home. Earlier this week, 2017 Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair Isabella Haen earned the title, beating out 36 other contestants after going through a series of workshops and question/answer sessions. Over the next year, Haen hopes she can make Kewaunee County and the state of Wisconsin proud as the Fairest of the Fairs while learning some things along the way.

A full-time herdsperson at Kinnard Farms in Casco, Haen will have a busy schedule of attending county fairs, the Wisconsin State Fair, and other agriculture-related events during her one-year reign.

KEWAUNEE’S ISABELLA HAEN NAMED WISCONSIN FAIREST OF THE FAIRS

Posted by Warren Bluhm | Jan 11, 2018 | The Kewaunee County Comet

Isabella Haen, the 2017 Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair, on Wednesday evening was named 2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs during the Wisconsin Association of Fairs annual convention at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
According to the Association:

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was designed to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs. This year marked the 52nd crowning of the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs.

Isabella Haen is crowned 2018 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs on Wednesday night by her predecessor, Rebecca Starkenburg of Columbia County. (Wisconsin Fairs Association photo)

Each year, the Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout Wisconsin promoting the educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at our state’s great fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the citizens of Wisconsin and the winner must showcase excellent speaking, writing and listening skills as well as organization, professionalism, time management and above all, a passion for Wisconsin’s fair industry.

Haen will also serve as the official hostess of the Wisconsin State Fair.

The website Wisconsin Ag Connection reported on the ceremony:

Haen, 21, is a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College with a degree in Agribusiness and Science Technology. She is a full-time herdsperson at Kinnard Farms Inc.

“My Fairest journey has made me find my strong suits in public speaking, educating our youth and promoting agriculture,” Haen said after being crowned. “I hope to someday become an Animal Nutritionist so that I can have a larger impact on the agricultural industry and animal husbandry.”

Isabella replaces outgoing Fairest of the Fairs Rebecca Starkenburg from Lodi in Columbia County.

Isabella Haen is newest Wisconsin Fairest of Fairs

Colleen Kottke, Wisconsin State Farmer Published 11:45 a.m. PT Jan. 12, 2018 |

WISCONSIN DELLS – Most people putting in a 60-70 hour work week would be crazy to add another responsibility to their already heaping plate. Not Isabella Haen. This dynamo from Kewaunee County is gung ho to take on another time-consuming adventure as the newly crowned Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs.

Haen, 21, was selected from a field of 36 contestants representing county and district fairs throughout the state during the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells, Jan. 7-10.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and telling my story, listening to others and how they’ve connected to their love for agriculture,” the Luxemburg native said.

Haen succeeds 2017 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Rebecca Starkenburg from the Lodi Agricultural Fair in Columbia County.

Ashley Miller of Sheboygan County was named first runner-up, followed by Madison Stronach of Walworth County. Third and fourth runners-up was Michelle Knapp of Kenosha County and Kaitlin Konder of St. Croix County, respectively.

Julie Nunes representing the Northern Wisconsin State Fair, received the Tim Heffernon Congeniality Award.

Other contestants include Kati Kindschuh of Fond du Lac County, Sydney Brooks of Waupaca County, Sarah Eulgen of Racine County, Sarah Carufel of Polk County and Kara Hutter of Iowa County.

52nd Fairest of the Fairs

Haen is the daughter of Matt and Lisa Haen and Al and Coleen Blizel of Casco. She is a recent graduate of Fox Valley Technical College where she earned a degree in Agriculture Business and Science Technology.

She currently works as a herdsperson at Kinnard Farms Inc., where she and her team are responsible for the well-being of 7,200 animals. In addition, Haen picks up a few part-time hours at a fashion retail outlet in Green Bay and was active as a member of her FFA’s alumni program.

Even while attending Luxemburg-Casco High School, Haen was still milking cows and serving as Student Advisor, Vice President and President in her 4-H Chapter.

When approached to throw her hat into the ring as a contestant for the Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair position, she didn’t hesitate.

“I gave it some thought and before I knew it, I handed in the application three months before the due date,” said Haen, adding that wearing multiple hats has its demands. “Giving up what little free time I had was the most challenging part in serving as my county’s Fairest of the Fair. However, the rewarding part was all of the life-long friendships I made.”

During her one-year term, Haen will take on a whirlwind schedule, making appearances at fairs and events throughout the state, working with media and promoting the importance of Wisconsin’s fair and agriculture industries.

In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, which will take place Aug. 2-12. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as the master of ceremonies for several events during State Fair, participating in various contests, and representing State Fair during select media appearances.

“I always thought I was very good at speaking in front of crowds and having personal conversations, but being Fairest of the Fair really pushed me harder to become better,” Haen said. “After the statewide competition, I really feel as though I’m ready for the statewide stage.”

The newest Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Isabella Haen of Kewaunee County, addresses the audience after being crowned during the Wisconsin Association of Fairs annual convention in Wisconsin Dells. Haen is the 52nd Fairest of the Fairs and will represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs during her reign. (Photo: Hamburg Photography)

Kathleen O’Leary, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park, welcomed Haen to the Wisconsin State Fair staff.

“Isabella has proven she will be an excellent ambassador for Wisconsin’s fair industry, including State Fair,” O’Leary said. “Congratulations to all of the 2018 contestants, who have proven the merit of this program for young men and women who are truly passionate about the fair and agriculture industries.”

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was created 52 years ago, to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs.

Haen says when the fair season rolls around, she’s ready to clear her calendar and begin her ambassador duties and meet folks all across Wisconsin, including the state’s youth.

“County fairs help teach youth the importance of hard work, responsibility and creating friendships,” Haen said. “Getting our youth excited for the fair and keeping them coming back year every year is especially important to me.”

Right now, Haen says her future beyond serving as the 52nd Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs is largely unscripted.

“I love my responsibilities at the farm and the people I get to work with every day, but I know a job in Ag Communications would be the place for me…and of course, I would keep myself busy with our FFA Alumni and 4-H programs!”