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Schlies is Wisconsin's 2015 Fairest of the Fairs

Schlies is Wisconsin's 2015 Fairest of the Fairs

Brown County representative was selected from a field of 39 contestants

Deanna Schlies, 25, representing Brown County, was crowned Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs at the 92nd   annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 7. A field of 39 talented contestants from county and district fairs throughout Wisconsin participated in the competition.

Deanna Schlies, 25, is the 2015 Fairest of the Fairs.

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was designed to select a spokesperson and ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs. Each year the winner travels throughout the state promoting the variety of educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin's great fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the citizens of Wisconsin and the winner must showcase excellent speaking, writing and listening skills as well as organization, time management and above all a passion for Wisconsin's fair industry. 

Schlies will serve a one-year term beginning immediately, and her responsibilities will include making appearances at fairs throughout the state, working with media and promoting the educational, social and economic importance of Wisconsin's fair and agriculture industries. 

In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair which will take place Aug.  6-16. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as master  of  ceremonies  for  several  events  during  the  Fair,  participating  in  various  contests  and representing the Fair during select media appearances. 

Schlies was selected from a field of incredibly talented young women, and replaces the 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley of Crawford County.

The daughter of David and Sharon Schlies of Denmark, Schlies works as a science teacher at LB Clarke Middle School in Two Rivers. She also teaches a course on communications and job interview skills, is the Student Council advisor for grades 7 and 8 and runs several after school programs. She has volunteered at both the senior center and early childcare center in her community, serves as the direct of music for the Denmark High School musical and is an active member of her church choir. Schlies has a Bachelor's Degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Robyn  Wittkopf,  19,  representing  the  Waukesha  County  Fair,  was  named  first  runner-up  and  also received the Miss Congeniality award, which is voted on by the contestants. She is the daughter of John and Wynn Wittkopf of Pewaukee and is a sophomore at the University of Dubuque, where she is studying to be a nurse. 

Emily  Schaal,  22,  representing  the  Racine  County  Fair,  was  named  second  runner-up.  She is the daughter  of  Mike  and  Kathy  Schaal  of  Kansasville  and  attends  UW-Milwaukee.

Ashley Bergsbaken, 18, representing the Shawano County Fair, was named third runner-up. She is the daughter  of  Dennis  and  Donna  Bergsbaken  of  Bonduel  and  is  a  freshman  at UW-La Crosse studying communications.

Alexis Dunnum, 20, representing the Vernon County Fair, was named fourth runner-up. She is the daughter  of  Craig  and  Victoria  Dunnum  of  Westby  and  is  a  sophomore  at  UW-Madison studying life sciences communication and Scandinavian studies.

Deanna Schlies, 25, representing Brown County, was crowned Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs at the 92nd   annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 7. A field of 39 talented contestants from county and district fairs throughout Wisconsin participated in the competition.

The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was designed to select a spokesperson and ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents all 76 Wisconsin county, district and state fairs. Each year the winner travels throughout the state promoting the variety of educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin's great fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the citizens of Wisconsin and the winner must showcase excellent speaking, writing and listening skills as well as organization, time management and above all a passion for Wisconsin's fair industry. 

Schlies will serve a one-year term beginning immediately, and her responsibilities will include making appearances at fairs throughout the state, working with media and promoting the educational, social and economic importance of Wisconsin's fair and agriculture industries. 

In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair which will take place Aug.  6-16. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as master  of  ceremonies  for  several  events  during  the  Fair,  participating  in  various  contests  and representing the Fair during select media appearances. 

Schlies was selected from a field of incredibly talented young women, and replaces the 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley of Crawford County.

The daughter of David and Sharon Schlies of Denmark, Schlies works as a science teacher at LB Clarke Middle School in Two Rivers. She also teaches a course on communications and job interview skills, is the Student Council advisor for grades 7 and 8 and runs several after school programs. She has volunteered at both the senior center and early childcare center in her community, serves as the direct of music for the Denmark High School musical and is an active member of her church choir. Schlies has a Bachelor's Degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Robyn  Wittkopf,  19,  representing  the  Waukesha  County  Fair,  was  named  first  runner-up  and  also received the Miss Congeniality award, which is voted on by the contestants. She is the daughter of John and Wynn Wittkopf of Pewaukee and is a sophomore at the University of Dubuque, where she is studying to be a nurse. 

Emily  Schaal,  22,  representing  the  Racine  County  Fair,  was  named  second  runner-up.  She is the daughter  of  Mike  and  Kathy  Schaal  of  Kansasville  and  attends  UW-Milwaukee.

Ashley Bergsbaken, 18, representing the Shawano County Fair, was named third runner-up. She is the daughter  of  Dennis  and  Donna  Bergsbaken  of  Bonduel  and  is  a  freshman  at UW-La Crosse studying communications.

Alexis Dunnum, 20, representing the Vernon County Fair, was named fourth runner-up. She is the daughter  of  Craig  and  Victoria  Dunnum  of  Westby  and  is  a  sophomore  at  UW-Madison studying life sciences communication and Scandinavian studies.

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