Intrepid Lake Country Publications/NOW reporter Megan Sukovich takes us on the tilt-a-whirlwind adventure that is the 2014 Waukesha County Fair.
The results are in! Robyn Wittkopf, 19, of Pewaukee has won the 2014 Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair competition, followed by Danielle DeCloux of Menomonee Falls as first runner up and Karli Hintz of Waukesha as second runner up.
“I’m ecstatic. I am so honored to be a part of this,” says Wittkopf. Wittkopf has been active in the Waukesha County Fair and 4H for 10 years. She has shown sheep, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, food, poultry, rabbits, and has also volunteered with the fair throughout the years. Wittkopf is going to be a sophomore at the University of Dubuque where she is perusing a career in pediatric oncology.
Wittkopf was one of five finalists in this year’s competition. Stephanie Seymour of New Berlin, Danielle DeCloux of Menomonee Falls, Karli Hintz of Waukesha and Jacklyn Piper of New Berlin along with Wittkopf participated in an application and interview process preceding the final competition.
As the crowed gathered, host and 2009 Fairest of the Fair Rachel Hardekopf asked the contestants an impromptu question and a question referring to their application. Lastly, the finalists had to perform a 30 second radio spot promoting a specific day of the fair.
Judges Mary McGrath and Chuck Malone chose the fairest on knowledge of the fair, personality, poise, community involvement, and communication skills.
To pass along the crown, 2013 Fairest of the Fair Cecilia Heberling also made an appearance at this year’s competition.
“I think what I will miss the most is all the amazing people I have met,” says Heberling as she makes her final goodbyes to her public.
This year’s fairest has already begun her reign upon her crowning and will serve the Waukesha County Fair for the next year. Wittkopf’s duties include welcoming the public, interviews with the media, announcing special events, judging and participating in contests and awarding ribbons for the remainder of the fair. The Fairest will go on to represent the Waukesha County Fair at the three-day Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fairs Competition in January of 2015 in Wisconsin Dells.
“I hope to promote the fair to the best of my ability and try to get as many people to enjoy it as much as I do,” says Wittkopf.