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Hello! My name is Beth McIlquham and I am very excited to be your Northern Wisconsin State Fair Fairest of the Fair.

I grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from the Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 2019. While in high school, I was actively involved in music and was a performer for the school’s show choir. I also competed on the equestrian team and still love to competitively ride horses today. I am currently attending the Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire and I am in the Liberal Arts program. I will eventually transfer to a university to major in Communications. My 13 years of 4-H experience has helped me develop my career goal to become a youth program coordinator for a program like 4-H. I currently work as a waitress at Albertville Tavern, and in my spare time, I love riding horses and taking part in 4-H related activities. See you at the fair on July 8-12!


Hello, my name is Alissa Maier and I am very excited to serve as your 2019 Northern Wisconsin State Fair Fairest of the Fair!

I am the daughter of Janet and Steven Maier of Jim Falls, WI. I graduated from the Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 2017 and participated in FFA and Orchestra and played Soccer for High School and a traveling league. I am a Junior at UW-River Falls and am majoring in Dairy Science with a minor in Agricultural Business. At school, I at a private dog kennel and clip cattle for Willows Edge Holsteins. Growing up I was a member of the Jim Town Jumpers where I did projects such as photography, cooking, sheep, beef, and dairy. In my free time, I show cattle from my farm and that I own at local, state, and national levels. I very excited to see all the fair projects this year. See you at the fair, July 10th-14th!


2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair Fairest of the Fair Takes Second Runner-Up at the 2019 Wisconsin Association of Fairs Annual Convention

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair (July 10-14, 2019) is thrilled to announce Molly McIlquham, 2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair Fairest of the Fair, took second runner-up at the 2019 Wisconsin Association of Fairs Annual Convention.

The annual event was held January 6-9 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells with more than 1,000 Fair and Associate Members in attendance. The convention provides fair representatives from all over the state to network, collaborate, and develop their skills. As part of the convention, the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair Competition takes place over the course of three days. Contestants compete through various stages including: individual and group interviews, a county basket auction, self-introductions, as well as preliminary and final on-stage events.

Vying for the title of the 53rd Fairest of the Fair title were 41 Fairest of the Fair representatives from across the state. Out of those 41 competing, Molly took home the title of second runner-up, representing her community and the Northern Wisconsin State Fair with poise, confidence, integrity, and professionalism, all while displaying her passion for agriculture throughout the competition.

“We are very proud of our 2018 fair ambassador, Molly McIlquham, for her achievements at the State Fairest competition,” Rusty Volk, Executive Director of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair Association stated. “Being selected as 2nd runner up is a tribute to the experiences she received from her family, 4-H programs, and school programs supporting agriculture.”

Thank you Molly for all of your continued hard work and the amazing impact you had on the 2018 Northern Wisconsin State Fair!

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