A Wisconsin Dells woman is a finalist to be the next Alice in Dairyland.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the finalists for the 66th version of the position at a press conference in Calumet County on Friday.
Beth Babcock of Wisconsin Dells is a substitute teacher and works on her family’s beef farm. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in December 2012 with certification to teach agriculture and technology education. She student-taught at Mauston High School. Babcock was a summer intern for Sauk County 4-H in 2012. During college, Babcock was involved in Collegiate FFA, Sigma Alpha and Agri-Ambassadors. She also held numerous positions in the residence halls. Babcock served as the Adams County Fairest of the Fair in 2010. While in high school, Babcock was active in Adams County 4-H and the Wisconsin Dells FFA.
“Wisconsin’s agricultural ambassador, Alice in Dairyland, plays an important role in educating consumers of all ages and backgrounds on the significance of Wisconsin agriculture,” said Rochelle Ripp, the 65th Alice in Dairyland. “These finalists will encourage residents to support our state’s farmers, agribusinesses and Wisconsin way of life by buying Wisconsin products, keeping that money in our communities and economy.”
The other three finalists are:
• Marie Mahaney of Milwaukee, a graduate student at Concordia University pursuing a master’s degree in public health and will continue her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with honors in 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with degrees in animal science and nutrition.
• Kristin Natzke Olson, Windsor, is the dairy advertising coordinator at Accelerated Genetics. A native of Fond du Lac, Olson grew up showing dairy cattle with her family’s small show herd.
• Tammy Wiedenbeck of Lancaster, who works for Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association and is a graphic designer at The Midwest Herdsman. She graduated with high honors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2012 with a degree in animal science and minor in communications. Alice in Dairyland is a public relations professional. She spends one year educating students, speaking at community events and completing media interviews to promote Wisconsin’s $59 billion agriculture industry. To be named a finalist, these women submitted an application in January and had a preliminary interview in February.
The 66th Alice in Dairyland will be selected during the three day Finals, May 8-10, in Calumet County. The 66th Alice in Dairyland will begin her duties on June 3.
The public is invited to attend the Finale Banquet and Program in Brillion on May 10. Event details are available at aliceindairyland.com.