The 43rd Annual Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Melissa Ploeckelman, was selected from a record 42 young women currently representing their counties as Fairest. The Fairest of the Fairs was unveiled Jan. 14 during the 86th Annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in the Wisconsin Dells.
The Fairest of the Fairs will represent the 76 Wisconsin county, district, and state fairs in 2009. Her one year term begins immediately and will conclude at the close of the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in January of 2010. Fairest's responsibilities include traveling to the county, district and state fairs throughout the state as the spokesperson for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, and she will as serve as the official hostess of the 2009 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, Aug. 6-16. Throughout her term, the Fairest of the Fairs will promote educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities offered at Wisconsin's county, district and state fairs.
Ploeckelman, 21, represented Marathon County. She is the daughter of James and Cheryl Ploeckelman of Stetsonville, She currently attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she is majoring in agriculture education. She is actively involved in her school's ag ed society, has served as the national student president of Alpha Tau Alpha, and is a former state FFA officer. Ploeckelman also serves as a Resident Assistant and is a member of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni.