Ashley Huibregtse of Plymouth was selected as the state's 61st Alice in Dairyland Friday night following three intense days of interviews and public events in Sheboygan County. She was one of five final candidates for the public relations job that carries more than six decades of Wisconsin agricultural tradition.
"I am elated to be selected as Wisconsin's 61st Alice in Dairyland and look forward to the job," said Ms. Huibregtse.
Kim Houser, Prairie du Sac; Cheryl O'Brien, Eastman; Myriah Osley, Melrose and Tracy Phillippi, Wautoma also vied for the one-year public relations position.
Huibregtse graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison earlierthis month with degrees in elementary education and communications. She has worked as an event coordinator for First Lady Doyle; organized the annual Governor's Egg Hunt and served as a Cowstodian with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Cow Parade. She was also active on campus through the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club. Ms. Huibregtse was named the 2005 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair; Wisconsin's Fairest of the Fairs First Runner-Up and UW Homecoming Court Representative. In addition to school and work, Huibregtse continues to be active on her family's dairy farm.
Huibregtse assumes her duties on June 2 and will receive a salary of $40,000. The Kettle Moraine Mink Breeders Association is providing her a jacket made from Wisconsin mink pelts.
In keeping with tradition, she will use a 14K gold and platinum brooch and tiara decorated with diamonds, citrines and amethysts.
To schedule a visit with the 61st Alice in Dairyland contact Nicole Breunig at 608-224-5080 or email at DATCPAlice@wisconsin.gov.
The 62nd Alice in Dairyland will be selected next year in Racine County, May 13-15.
Alice in Dairyland is a full-time public relations professional employed by the DATCP Division of Agricultural Development for a one-year term. Each year, Alice travels more than 40,000 miles throughout the state and nation, promoting Wisconsin products to audiences of all ages and types. She educates the media, youth and civic groups about the many facets of the state's agricultural industry.