The Fairest of the Fair (FOTF) is an Ambassador for the County Fair. This is a marketing and public relations position; whose purpose is to promote the exceptional variety of opportunities – educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial – available at Winnebago County Fair and related industries. The FOTF should be passionate about getting the community involved in this great tradition. The historical name of the position/contest is the “Fairest of the Fair,” however the successful candidate can also be titled the “Fair Ambassador” if more appropriate.
The person selected as the FOTF/Ambassador attends community functions, does radio and television interviews, assists with social media campaigns and participates in numerous parades & community events throughout the summer promoting the Winnebago County Fair. They also serve as the official host of the Fair, which includes interacting with Fair-goers, introducing entertainment & events, promoting vendors & sponsors and assisting with awards and/or judging at the Junior Fair. Finally, they are eligible to compete at the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair competition held in January each year.
Interested candidates must be 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license. They must be a resident of Winnebago County. Open to men and women.
Meet Your 2022 Fairest of the Fair Contestants:
Meghan Numrich is studying Geology with a Professional Emphasis and minoring in Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. When living in her hometown of Neenah, Wisconsin, Meghan was part of the Ridgeway 4-H Club for 14 years. After serving as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of her club, Meghan chose to become part of the 4-H Ambassadors, and served 3 years on the 4-H Leaders Association Board of Directors, even serving as Co-President for a year. She spearheaded two community service projects, operation Christmas child and birthday bags, through both her 4-H club and church for 7 years. Meghan received the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award in 2019 for her contributions to the 4-H program. When exhibiting at the fair, Meghan emphasized the importance of STEM, and advocated for the inclusion of science based projects for all youth to participate in. Earth Science, Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry projects were added to the fair book in 2016. Meghan represented the State of Wisconsin as a Youth Advisor on the National 4-H Congress Trip, and has also won numerous geology and 4-H scholarships to aid her in her studies.
Coming from a line of Dairy Farmers, Meghan has always been interested in the outdoors. She likes to spend time hiking and looking for rocks. She is a member of the Weis n Miners geology club, and is also part of the Oshkosh Earth Science Club. When not outside, Meghan has found music to be a big passion of hers. She has played a variety of roles in theater as well as 4-H State Drama Company. Meghan was part of choir, show choir, and band in high school, and currently sings in 2 auditioned a cappella groups on campus. She has a job working as a pet care associate at PetSmart, works as a Community Advisor in Scott Hall, and has two internships through the Geology Department; a Weis Earth Science museum internship and a social media internship.
Who is Morgan Selwitschka? Is she just a citizen of Oshkosh, WI with a whopping seventeen letters in her full name? To those who know Ms. Selwitschka know that she is truly one of a kind. She is able to connect with anyone on a personal level and helps others to feel welcomed and comfortable in any type of situation. Morgan Selwitschka was raised in Oshkosh, WI where she has actively participated in the Winnebago County Fair for ten years. She has participated in many projects at the fair including swine, poultry, dairy, and expo hall exhibits, but her main passion is with the Winnebago County Goat Project. Morgan has shown goats for 9 years and has not only been an exhibitor, but also a mentor for younger youth exhibitors. She has helped other exhibitors learn the ins and outs of goat exhibiting and helped to lead showmanship classes, where youth exhibitors were invited to learn about goat showmanship. Even though she graduated in 2020, she still remains an active member of the Winnebago County Goat Project by continuing to mentor youth exhibitors and being the assistant superintendent of the goats at the fair!
In addition to her dedication to exhibiting, Morgan has a true passion for animal welfare and husbandry. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin- River Falls where she is majoring in Animal Science and has a minor in spanish. She has a special interest in genetics and researching new ways to edit genes in order to improve animal welfare. Morgan is often described by her friends as a confident, charismatic, and talented individual who strives to achieve large things in life. She is often complimented on her ability to make others smile and to get others to feel excited about events or topics that she is truly invested in. Morgan is truly a unique individual who loves the county fair!
Hello, Winnebago County Fair! My name is Maria Zillges and I am running for 2022-23 Fairest of the Fair. I am 18 years old and live in rural Larsen, Wisconsin. I am involved in a lot of clubs and activities, which take up a majority of my free time. I am very active in the Winneconne FFA, Book Club, SkillsUSA, Student Council, Key Club, and National Honor Society. In my community, I serve on the Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection agency for the state of Wisconsin. Also, I have a huge passion for 4-H. I am involved in 4-H at the state level as Co-President of the Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council as well as at the county level by serving on the Winnebago County Leaders Board, being a part of 4-H Ambassadors, and Winchester 4-H Club. Another passion of mine includes showing dairy, watching movies, hanging out with my dog Gucci and other animals, swimming, and reading.
The fair has always been a huge part of my life. I have been showing at the fair ever since I could and attending it even sooner. It is always my favorite part of the summer. It is full of craziness between jumping from my dairy heifer to my chickens to my goat, getting a walking taco at the Dipper, admiring all of the exhibits, and hanging out with my friends.
Information & Entry Forms:
Annual Entry Deadline
NEW in 2022!
Up to a $500 Scholarship will be awarded for completing your duties as FOTF or Ambassador. Details & scholarship stipulations will be provided to applicants prior to the contest.
FOTF Committee Chair:
Jody Bezio, 920-267-2473 or
Jen Crowley, 920-685-3098 or
2021 Fairest of the Fair Information & Activities
Introducing Jodie Weyland – 2021 Fairest of the Fair
Jodie Weyland is a farmers’ daughter who has found a passion for watching the livestock graze the pastures and the crop dance in the wind. In May 2020, she graduated from Fox Valley Technical College, WI, where she majored in Agribusiness/Agronomy and Science Technology with a minor in Dairy Production and Agricultural Entrepreneurship. Ms. Weyland currently serves as the President of the National Professional Agriculture Student (PAS) Organization, an organization for two and four-year college-level agriculture students. She plans to pursue a career as an Agronomist while still assisting on her family farm. Jodie has found her niche in agricultural advocacy and prepared speaking after serving as Miss Rural Winnebago in 2016 and assisting in 2017.
Jodie was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, where she was raised on a 100-cow Certified Organic dairy farm. Her work experiences on her family farm have led Ms. Weyland to be recognized as the 2016 Wisconsin FFA Proficiency award winner in Organic Agriculture, as well as a 2019 Top 5 Finalist in the award area of Dairy Production Placement. After being involved in her local FFA chapter for seven years, Ms. Weyland received her American FFA Degree in 2019. Outside of the family farm, Jodie finds interest in photography and playing the trumpet. She has played the trumpet for approximately ten years and enjoyed playing in a community symphony ensemble before March 2020. In her favorite season, Winter, Jodie also finds joy in showing her family’s antique snowmobile collection and trail riding. Her favorite quote is “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” -John Maxwell
1st Runner-up: Eden Chapin
My name is Eden Chapin, I am 18 years old and a senior at Omro High School. I am proud to say that I have lived in the small town of Omro all my life. I belong to Newcomers 4-H club and have gone from a Cloverbud to being the current president of our club. I enjoy baking with my mom and learning from her in the kitchen over the years while making projects for the fair. I also enjoy growing and caring for plants and raising my project animals (pigs and sheep).
During the school year I partake in many athletic activities, am a member of the Omro Bands and take dance classes at Richard’s School of the Dance. During the summer I work as a lifeguard at the Marble Park Beach in Winneconne. After high school graduation I will be attending UW Whitewater and majoring in history education.
Eden will be assisting Jodie at promotional events this summer as well as helping to host events at the County Fair in August.
2nd Runner-up: Adia Kolell
My mom enrolled me in 4-H when I was twelve years old, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. Previously living in Milwaukee, the closest 4-H club meeting was a 40 minute drive away. After moving to Neenah, there were so many clubs to choose from, and I was a part of Ridgeway 4-H club for seven years. I learned so much from my mom as well as other sewing leaders in 4-H that lead me to be at a place where I want to give back. I’ve been a sewing leader in Winnebago county for the last three years. 4-H also gave me the confidence to pursue my passion of design and creating, and I will be graduating from Mount Mary University this May with a degree in Fashion Design.
Thank you to our 2021 Sponsor Brighton Acres in Oshkosh for the use of your BEAUTIFUL venue and ongoing support of the Winnebago County Fair!
Come see Jodie & Eden at these summer events:
- Exhibitors – Meet the Fairest and discuss County Fair Events. May 24 @7pm on Zoom. Sign-up here: https://bit.ly/3ycfRkx
- Dairy Promotion with the “Udder Tuggers” (Timber Rattlers) on Friday, June 4 from 4-7pm.
- Grilled Cheese Drive-Thru at Schuster Dairy Farm on Koro Road, near Ripon on June 12th. Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grilled-cheese-drive-through-tickets-149210638035
- Parades: Neenah Lighted Parade July 3rd, Omro July 4th, Oshkosh July 4th, Sovereign State days
- Local Farm Markets in June/July
- Waukau Youth Days & Miss Rural Winnebago Contest Sunday, August 1
- Winnebago County Fair August 4-8, 2021
2021 Fairest of the Fair Special Activities – Join Us!
The Winnebago County Fairest of the Fair is hosting a fleece fabric collection drive August 4-8 at the Winnebago County Fair in Oshkosh, WI. We’re looking for new, fleece fabric of at least 1.5 yards. Donations can be made upon entry to the fair by visiting the Sunnyview Expo Center office. For donations made prior to August 4, please contact Fairest of the Fair, Jodie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All fabric donations will be made into tie-blankets by fair exhibitors, and then donated to veterans part of the Old Glory Honor Flight. Visit www.oldgloryhonorflight.org to learn more about the Old Glory Honor Flight organization
Farmer for a Day
Calling all Winnebago County Youth! Do you want to get the “insider” experience of the county fair? Our youth exhibitors are here to help! Join the Farmer for a Day experience to be paired up with a youth “expert” who will give you a private tour of the fair and teach you about raising a farm animal, growing crops, gardening, taking the perfect photo and much more.
Submit the required application by July 1, 2021 to be considered for the Farmer for a Day program at the Winnebago County Fair! Those selected will be notified by July 20.
- Application for Youth Participants: (Closed)
- Exhibitors – Sign Up to be a Mentor: (Closed)
Past Fairest of the Fair
02/2021: We are currently working on building a photographic history of the Winnebago County FOTF program. If you were a past Fairest (or know someone who was), please reach out to us! We would love to hear your story and see your photos.
2021 – Jodie Weyland
2020 – Fair Cancelled due to COVID
2019 – No Applicants
2018 – Stephany Beck
2017 – Ariel Bjorke
2016 – Teagan Schwab
2015 – Carley Chapin
2014 – Mary Jane Behm
2013 – Kayla Stratton
2012 – Stacey Kunde
2011 – Amber Bartow
2010 – Betsy Lyness (Fischer)
2009 – Rachel Erickson (Harmann)
2008 – Melissa Weyland
2007 – Sarah Kunde (Walsh)
2006 – Karen Giddings (Langdon)
2005 – Kristie Rothe
2004 – Jenny Kuehnl
2003 – Lisa Kossel (Jagielo)
2002 – LeAnne Nolte
2001 – Dawn Opperman
2000 – Mary Knigge
1999 – Kim Kramer
1998 – Jen Overton (Berg)
1997 – Laurie Nelson
1996 – Heather Schmidt (Schmidt-Weber)
1995 – Laurie Hughes
1994 – Michelle Radloff (Stone)
1993 – Krista Knigge
1992 – Rebecca Knox
1991 – Emily Zimmerman