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Fair finds its Fairest

2021 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, Paige Bruggink and Fairest Attendant, Elizabeth Wimmler. — Photo by Dusty Boots Photography

Paige Bruggink daughter of Kevin and LuAnn Bruggink of Oostburg, is the newly selected 2021 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair. Paige, along with two other candidates competed for the position during the annual Fairest of the Fair Gala, held Monday, June 28th, 2021 at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville. The committee was pleased to welcome back the public to cheer on and support this program! If you were unable to attend in person, Silverwater Productions released the recorded Gala on the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair Facebook, the Sheboygan County Fair website, shebcofair.com, and YouTube on Wednesday, June 30th at 7:00 P.M..

Paige Bruggink, age 21, Oostburg, is the daughter of Kevin and LuAnn Bruggink. She is a graduate of Oostburg High School and is now a Senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is majoring in Psychology, Neurobiology, & Human Development and Family Studies Majors with minors in Leadership and Disability Rights and Services. In addition to volunteering at HealthCorps and A Moment of Magic Foundation, Paige is employed at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital where she is a Therapy Assistant. In the future, Paige hopes to attend medical school and become a pediatric and adolescent psychiatrist.

Paige states that she “is very honored and has very big shoes to fill after Anna’s year as Fairest”. Paige is excited to see what is to come with the upcoming 2021 Sheboygan County Fair!

The selection panel of, Andrea Brossard, American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion and Education Committee member, Brad Brusveen, member of the WI State Fair Dairy Promotion Board, and Patty Kuester Lehn, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center Executive Director, evaluated the candidates on their application, an individual interview, group interview, an on-stage 30 second self-introduction and a 30 second radio advertisement- impromptu question.  The 73rd Alice in Dairyland, Julia Nunes, shared the impact agriculture brings to each of the attendees individually as well as economically through our communities, counties, and state. The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Cayley Vande Berg and 2021 Wisconsin Holstein Princess, Zoe Ertel joined our candidates sharing their involvement in agriculture and the Fair industries.

The outgoing Fairest of the Fair, Anna Kitzerow, and the outgoing Fairest Attendant, Emma Sanderson, presented their farewell addresses which highlighted their years. State Representative Tyler Vorpagel and Terry Katsma were on-hand to present Anna with a State of Wisconsin official proclamation for her service. The evening also included entertainment by the talented Cameron and Stephanie Schreiber.

As the 2021 Fairest of the Fair, Paige received a scholarship. Elizabeth Wimmler, daughter of Brian and Diane Wimmler received 1st runner-up honors along with a scholarship.  Elizabeth Wimmler, age 18, Waldo, is the daughter of Brian and Diane Wimmler. She will be graduating Sheboygan Falls High School and will be attending Iowa State University in the fall.  In addition to her involvement in Sheboygan Falls Varsity Dance Team and showing cattle,

Elizabeth is employed at Glander Pharmacy. After attending college, Elizabeth hopes to become a pharmacist.

As the Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, Paige will attend as many county-wide events throughout the year as possible, welcoming families to the fair

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