FAIREST OF THE FAIR
The role as the Iowa County Fairest of the Fair is to promote the Iowa County Fair leading up to the fair and to be the official hostess of the Fair over Labor Day Weekend. It is a one year, one time only position.
Throughout his or her reign, the Iowa County Fairest of the Fair participates in county parades, creates radio spots with local radio stations, competes for Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fairs at the State Convention in January, and makes appearances at county events to further promote the Fair (such as the Iowa County Dairy Breakfast).
We select our fairest in May, a year before his or her reign starts, following interviews of the applicants. This young lady or gentleman then spends the summer shadowing and helping the current fairest. This opportunity allows the upcoming fairest to see what being Fairest of the Fair entails while gaining experience and ideas for his or her reign. This process ensures that he or she will be well-prepared as Fairest and at the State Convention.
Fairest of the Fair is a scholarship program that also provides young ladies and gentleman with the opportunity to enhance their public speaking and interviewing skills; interact with the community; meet leaders of the agriculture and fair industry; and make lifelong friends with other county fairests from around Wisconsin.
2023 Fairest of the Fair Mia Hillebrand
Hello Iowa County Fair Goer’s, I am Mia Hillebrand the 2023 Iowa County Fairest of Fair. This year I am excited to share the story of the Iowa County Fair and Iowa Counties amazing qualities.
I grew up in Lone Rock, WI and was a part of Clyde-Go-Getter’s 4-H Club for 14 year’s. I am continuing my involvement in my third year as club leader. I exhibited many project’s at the Iowa County Fair, to name a few, shooting sports, floral arrangements, and showing livestock.
I graduated from Southwest Technical College in 2022 with a degree in Agriculture Business and Technology – Animal Science. I am currently a State Meat Safety Inspector for Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. I plan to continue my education at Kansas State University Online this Fall for a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Communications.
4-H had been the start of my passion for agriculture involvement leading me to participate in River Valley FFA in High School. Post high school I served as the 2021-2022 Wisconsin FFA State Secretary representing Section 4 (Southwestern, WI). I am also an active member of Iowa County Farm Bureau, Southwest Wisconsin Pork Producers, and Wisconsin FFA Alumni.
I hope to see you at the 2023 Iowa County Fair!
Please contact me with any event that you would like me to attend this year.