The 2022 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs was selected Jan. 12 at the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells. A group of 33 contestants vied for the position, and Jackie Rosenbush, 20, representing the Washburn County Fair, took home the title.
The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was created 56 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 excellent fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the residents of Wisconsin, and the winner must possess outstanding communication skills as well as organizational ability, professionalism and a passion for the fair industry.
Rosenbush 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 2022 Wisconsin State Fair, which will take place Aug. 4-14 in West Allis. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as the master of ceremonies for several events, participating in various contests, and representing the state fair during select media appearances.
The daughter of Dan and Susie Olson-Rosenbush of Sarona, Wis., Rosenbush currently studies agricultural education at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her weekends are spent at her family farm. Rosenbush has been involved with FFA since 2015 and held a state officer title from 2020-21. As a member of 4-H and FFA, she participated in many projects, including showing sheep, cake decorating, photography and more.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jackie as part of the Wisconsin State Fair family,” says Shari Black, interim CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “Jackie exemplifies a deep passion for agriculture education and the fair industry, with a heart for community service. A special congratulations goes to Jackie and all of the talented contestants who vied for the role this year.”
Lydia Luebke, 22, representing the Manitowoc County Fair, was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Allan and the late Karen Luebke of Kiel, Wis., and earned her degree in dairy science with a minor in agricultural business at UW-River Falls.
Courtney Moser, 23, representing the Vernon County Fair, was named second runner-up. She is the daughter of Cary and Joy Moser of Westby, Wis., and attended Wartburg College, earning a degree in journalism and communications.
Hannah Roehrig, 21, representing the Calumet County Fair, was named third runner-up and awarded the Tim Heffernon Congeniality Award. She is the daughter of Todd and Stacie Roehrig of Brillion, Wis., and is pursuing a degree in human social services at Wisconsin Lutheran College.
Jaynie Rule, 23, representing the Iowa County Fair, was named fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Randy and Tammy Rule of Dodgeville, Wis., and attended UW-Platteville, earning degrees in dairy science and public relations.
Rosenbush replaces the 2020-21 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Cayley Vande Berg from Rosendale, Wis., representing the Fond du Lac County Fair.