Two trios of young ladies will vie for Sauk County Fair tiaras April 28.
Three young adults will compete for Fairest of the Fair, with three teens battling for Junior Fairest of the Fair. The annual competition will be held at Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in West Baraboo.
“These young ladies are a great group, and again prove to us that Sauk County has some youth that have accomplished many things already, and will work hard to learn and grow, and become amazing adults who will contribute many things to our community,” said Kim Klicko, who is organizing the competition along with Tara Greenwood.
For decades the Sauk County Agricultural Society has held an annual contest in search of a spokesperson for its July fair. In 2016, organizers added a Junior Fairest competition to expand the program and provide support to the Fairest of the Fair.
“Tara and I are happy to create the stepping stones,” Klicko said, “and support them as they grow in the next year, and continue to gain experiences and skills they can then use for the rest of their lives.”
Becky Breunig, Jenna Engel and Elayna Perea will compete for Fairest of the Fair. One will succeed Beth Yanke of Prairie du Sac as Fairest.
Breunig is the daughter of David and Danielle Breunig of Prairie du Sac. She recently graduated from the Farm and Industry Short Course program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning certificates in Dairy Farm Management and Farm and Machinery Operations. “If you can’t find me playing with my cows, you can find me by a track watching tractor pulling or at a rabbit show,” Breunig said. “I think there is no better way to round out my career at the Sauk County Fair other than to be Fairest.”
Engel is the daughter of Ryan and Jess Engel of Reedsburg. She is a freshman at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County who plans to transfer to UW-Platteville to study agribusiness or animal science. Her goal is to become a livestock nutritionist or a reproductive specialist for cows. “I enjoy being on the farm, helping out my 4-H club, hunting, fishing, playing softball, and photography,” she said.
Elayna Perea the daughter of Jerome and Jessica Perea of Reedsburg. She is a home-schooled senior in high school who plans to study nursing next year. Her hobbies include photography, raising rabbits, archery and singing.
Junior Fairest candidates
Three girls ages 14-17 — Aislyn Bohl, Bethany Perea and Marisa Pertzborn —will compete for Junior Fairest of the Fair. One will succeed Elisabeth Miller of Prairie du Sac as Fairest.
Bohl, 14, lives on a dairy farm in Hillpoint. She is the daughter of Keith and Sara Bohl and attends Weston school. She participates in the dairy, poultry, cat and rabbit projects at the fair. “I really love showing everyone my animals and educating them about 4-H and farming,” Bohl said. She also participates in several school clubs and plans to attend UW-La Crosse. There she will study activities therapy and business management in hopes of becoming a camp director.
Bethany Perea is the daughter of Jerome and Jessica Perea of Reedsburg. The ninth-grader enjoys writing music, singing, creating art and showing rabbits at the fair.
Pertzborn lives just outside Reedsburg on a dairy farm with parents Marty and Lisa Pertzborn. The eighth-grader enjoys singing, dancing and showing sheep and beef. After high school she hopes to attend UW-Madison to become a veterinarian.
The Fairest and Junior Fairest contests will be conducted simultaneously. All six contestants will participate in one-on-one interviews Saturday afternoon before a panel of three judges. During the public portion of the contest later that evening, they will introduce themselves, deliver radio advertisements they wrote to promote the fair, and answer questions from the emcee off the cuff. They also will bring homemade desserts to be auctioned live. “The money raised goes back into the contest and helps us provide a scholarship for the winner when she completes her Fairest year,” Klicko said.