Winnebago County Fairest of the Fair. Application Deadline March 31.

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.

Annual Entry Deadline

Program Overview
Entry Form
Job Description
Duties & Event IDEAS

Contest Saturday, April 17
Brighton Acres, Oshkosh

More Details Coming Soon!

Contact Information:

FOTF Coordinator: Jen Crowley
(920-685-3098 or

FOTF Committee Chair: Jody Bezio
(920-267-2473 or

Winnebago County Fairest of the Fair Logo


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.

2020 – Cancelled due to COVID • 2019 – No Applicants

2018 – Stephany Beck
2017 – Ariel Bjorke
2016Teagan Schwab
2015Carley Chapin
2014 – Mary Jane Behm
2013Kayla Stratton
2012Stacey Kunde
2011 – Amber Bartow
2010 – Betsy 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