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

Jodie will represent Winnebago County at the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair competition January 9-12, 2022 at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Annual Convention in Wisconsin Dells.

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!

Project Fleece

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 jodie.weyland@gmail.com.

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.


Fairest of the Fair Overview

The Fairest of the Fair (FOTF) program is a public relations position for young adults in the County. Fairest of the Fair IS NOT a beauty pageant, but rather a contest that focuses on the young adult’s poise, personality, community involvement, speaking ability and the ability to think on their feet. The purpose of the FOTF program is to promote the exceptional variety of opportunities – educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial – available at Winnebago County Fair. The FOTF is an ambassador for the County Fair and should be passionate about getting the community involved in this great tradition.

Once selected as Fairest of the Fair, the young adult attends community functions, does radio and television interviews, assists with social media campaigns and participates in numerous area parades throughout the summer promoting the Winnebago County Fair. They also serve as the official hostess/host of the fair, which includes giving speeches, introducing entertainment and handing out ribbons to the youth. Finally, they are eligible to compete at the State 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.

FOTF Coordinator: Jen Crowley
(920-685-3098 or crowleyview2@gmail.com)

FOTF Committee Chair: Jody Bezio
(920-267-2473 or winnebagocountyfairtreasurer@gmail.com)

Annual Entry Deadline
MARCH 31ST

Program Overview
Entry Form
Job Description
Duties & Event IDEAS


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
2017Ariel Bjorke
2016Teagan Schwab
2015Carley Chapin
2014 – Mary Jane Behm
2013Kayla Stratton
2012Stacey Kunde
2011Amber Bartow
2010Betsy Lyness (Fischer)
2009 – Rachel Erickson
2008 – Melissa Weyland
2007 – Sarah Kunde
2006 – Karen Giddings
2005 – Kristie Rothe
2004 – Jenny Kuehnl
2003 – Lisa Kossel
2002 – LeAnne Nolte
2001 – Dawn Opperman
2000 – Mary Knigge
1999 – Kim Kramer
1998Jen Overton (Berg)
1997 – Laurie Nelson
1996 – Heather Schmidt
1995 – Laurie Hughes
1994 – Michelle Radloff
1993 – Krista Knigge
1992 – Rebecca Knox
1991 – Emily Zimmerman