Wisconsin’s new Fairest of the Fairs is not from the local area—but the first runner-up is.
Wisconsin State Fair Park officials have introduced the 2022 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair, who was selected Wednesday evening, Jan. 12 at the annual Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells.
A group of 33 contestants vied for this coveted position, and Jackie Rosenbush, 20, representing the Washburn County Fair, took home the title. Kiel’s Lydia Luebke, 22, representing the Manitowoc County Fair, was named first runner-up.
The Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs program was created 56 years ago to select an ambassador for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, which represents 75 county, district and state fairs in Wisconsin.
Each year, the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs travels throughout the state promoting the educational, agricultural, social, cultural and commercial opportunities available at Wisconsin’s excellent fairs. It is a position of responsibility to the citizens of Wisconsin, and the winner must possess outstanding communication skills as well as organization, professionalism and a passion for the fair industry.
Rosenbush will serve a one-year term, and her responsibilities include appearances at fairs and events throughout the state, working with media and promoting the importance of Wisconsin’s fair and agriculture industries.
In addition, she will serve as an ambassador of the 2022 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by US Cellular, which will take place Aug. 4-14 in West Allis. This includes greeting fairgoers and special guests, performing as the master of ceremonies for several events, participating in various contests and representing the State Fair during select media appearances.
The daughter of Dan and Susie Olson-Rosenbush of Sarona, Rosenbush currently studies Agricultural Education at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jackie as part of the Wisconsin State Fair family,” said Shari Black, interim CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “Jackie exemplifies a deep passion for agriculture education and the fair industry, with a heart for community service. A special congratulations goes to Jackie and all of the talented contestants who vied for the role this year.”
Luebke, 22, is the daughter of Allan and the late Karen Luebke. She earned her degree in Dairy Science with a minor in Agricultural Business from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Her ambition is for every school in Manitowoc County to have agricultural education in their curriculum.
Courtney Moser, 23, representing the Vernon County Fair, was named second runner-up.
Hannah Roehrig, 21, representing the Calumet County Fair, was named third runner-up and awarded the Tim Heffernon Congeniality Award. She is the daughter of Todd and Stacie Roehrig of Brillion and is pursuing a degree in Human Social Services with a minor in Art and Communications from Wisconsin Lutheran College.