Wisconsin’s Fairest encouraged by 2021 fair participation
Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fair says she’s encouraged by the number of exhibitors and fairgoers as people put the pandemic year behind them.
Cayley Vande Berg was crowned in Jan 2020, but her duties were extended an extra year. She says agriculture is the foundation of our Wisconsin fairs. “The Wisconsin State Fair does an exemplary job of showcasing ag, not only through the animal shows but many educational areas including Dairy Lane, the Compeer Financial Discovery Barnyard, so there really is something for everyone at the fair. I encourage them to check out the ag aspect.”
Vande Berg tells Brownfield people are very excited to be back out to fairs after the pandemic shut down 2020. “Showcasing their work that they do year-round and to finally get that chance to shine in the show ring or in that exhibition hall.”
And for fairgoers, Vande Berg encourages non-farmers to attend Wisconsin’s 75 unique fairs. “It’s not only the chance for, you know, these kids and exhibitors but the public to understand where their food comes from and where it starts, and ultimately that animal is going to end up on our dinner plate or that milk is going to end up in our glass, you know, whatever it is and you can come to see that connection.”
The Wisconsin State Fair runs through Sunday in West Allis.