Eldorado's Cayley Vande Berg named 2020 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs
FOND DU LAC - Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Fond du Lac County's got the fairest of them all — for 2020, at least.
Cayley Vande Berg, 20, of Eldorado but representing all of Fond du Lac County, took home the title of 2020 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Wednesday at the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells. She was one of 36 vying for the crown and associated duties.
Vande Berg will now serve as an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, representing 75 county, district and state fairs. Her one-year term will see her appearing at fairs and events throughout the state, working with the media and promoting the state's fair and agricultural industries.
The daughter of Chad and Tammy Vande Berg of Eldorado, she is studying dairy science at University of Wisconsin-River Falls and works at Milk Source's Rosendale Dairy.
“We look forward to welcoming Cayley to the Wisconsin State Fair staff this summer,” Kathleen O’Leary, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park, said in a news release announcing Vande Berg's victory. “Cayley demonstrated a true passion for educating people about the fair and agriculture industries. She is a hard-working and dedicated employee, student and volunteer who will be a great ambassador for all Wisconsin Fairs."
This year’s judges were Jo Reynolds, Steve Asplund and Sarah Kikkert.
Mikaila Falash, 20, representing the Adams County Fair, was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Alan and Laurie Falash of Friendship and is studying Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.
Lauren Flynn, 18, representing the Rock County 4-H Fair, was named second runner-up. She is the daughter of Ted and Cindy Flynn of Janesville and attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jessica Moor, 19, representing the St. Croix County Fair, was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of Ann and Jesse Moor of Wilson and also attends UW-River Falls.
Emma Buss, 20, representing the Lafayette County Fair, was named fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Brad and Roberta Buss and the late Laurie Runde of Platteville and attends the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
Cole Chapman, 20, representing the Green Lake County Fair, received the Tim Heffernon Congeniality award. He is the son of Jason and Julie Chapman of Dalton and attends Oklahoma State University.
Vande Berg replaces the 2019 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Meghan Buechel, from the Brown County Fair.
For more information or to compete in future contests, visit wifairs.com.