Cayley Vande Berg of Eldorado was selected as the 2020 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs on Jan. 8 during the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells. A field of 36 contestants competed for the title, and Vande Berg, 20, representing the Fond du Lac County Fair, took home the crown.
The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was created 54 years ago to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents 75 county, district and state fairs in Wisconsin.
Each year, the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout the state promoting the educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin’s fairs.
Vande Berg will serve a one-year term, and her responsibilities include appearances at fairs and events throughout the state, working with media, and promoting the importance of Wisconsin’s fair and agriculture industries.
In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair, which will take place Aug. 6-16.
The daughter of Chad and Tammy Vande Berg of Eldorado, Vande Berg is studying dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and works at Milk Source’s Rosendale Dairy. She is part of the herd staff and works with the public relations team, giving tours and educating visitors. Vande Berg has held leadership roles in both the Eldorado Busy Bees 4-H Club and the Laconia High School FFA Chapter. She has exhibited swine and dairy, along with vegetables, arts and crafts, and more at the fair. At University of Wisconsin-River Falls, she is active in the Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau.
“We look forward to welcoming Cayley to the Wisconsin State Fair staff this summer,” says Kathleen O’Leary, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “Cayley demonstrated a true passion for educating people about the fair and agriculture industries. She is a hardworking and dedicated employee, student and volunteer who will be a great ambassador for all Wisconsin fairs. Congratulations to Cayley and all of the 2020 contestants.”
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 UW-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 UW-Madison, pursuing a degree in finance.
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 attends the UW-River Falls, pursuing degrees in business management and animal science.
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 and attends UW-Plattevillem, pursuing degrees in agriculture business and dairy science.
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 is pursing degrees in agriculture education and large animal science at Oklahoma State University.