This year, five local women are running for the title of 2013 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair. The applicants have recently finished their first round of interviews at the annual Dodge County Fair Press Banquet on July 8, 2013 held at Bayside Supper Club. At this event the women took part in individual and group interviews as well as presented their commercials for the 126th Dodge County Fair, August 14-18.

Fairest of the Fair Contestants

Awaiting the Judges decision for the annual Fairest of the Fair contest

The 2012 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair, Steffani Koch, met with contestants at the interview and spoke at the banquet. Koch is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the School of Veterinary Medicine. “Serving as the Dodge County Fairest of the Fair has been a life changing experience in ways that I could have never imagined. I have had the opportunity to become involved not only with county fair activities, but also community festivals and personal development events throughout the year. The experiences available to you as a Fairest of the Fair are unlimited, and provide an unmatched opportunity for understanding your fair, your community, and yourself.”

Applicants competing for the Fairest of the Fair title this year include:

Taylor Egnarski, Watertown
Egnarski, 19, is the daughter of Glenn and Julie Egnarski of Watertown. She attends UW Platteville and is a member of the Platteville Collegiate Golf Team. Egnarski enjoys showing dairy cattle, golf, hunting and fishing, and advocating agriculture. She was highly involved in high school and continues to be involved in college organizations such as Dairy Club and Collegiate FFA. Egnarski recently served as the 2011-2012 Dodge and Jefferson Honey Queen.

Chellsie Holst, Beaver Dam
Holst, 18, is the daughter of Katrina Holst of Beaver Dam. She is a graduate of Beaver Dam High School. Holst’s future goals include becoming a radiologist and owning a ranch for special needs children to visit and enjoy themselves. In high school, she was active with the dance team and PAL’s program. Holst enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and watching her brother and friends race.

Ashley Modaff, Juneau
Modaff, 19, is the daughter of James and Marcia Modaff of Juneau. She attends Moraine Park Technical College and plans to graduate in the next two years. After graduating she desires to become a chef and eventually own her own bakery. Modaff enjoys cooking and baking, 4-wheeling, horseback riding, and taking photos. Modaff was named Volunteer of the Year for the Juneau Recreation Department.

Meredith Skinner, Juneau
Skinner, 17, is the daughter of Jonathan and Jodi Skinner of Juneau. She will be a senior this fall at Dodgeland High School. In school she participates in softball, volleyball, Honors Band/Choir, Academic Decathlon and more. After graduating from high school she plans to pursue higher education possibly double majoring in English and Music. Skinner also aspires to be a member of a local orchestra.

Amber Stangler, Watertown
Stangler, 19, is the daughter of Sheldon and Marie Stangler of Watertown. She attends UW Whitewater and is majoring in Physical Education. Stangler is active in Catholic Student Coalition, Habitat for Humanity and the UW Whitewater Marching Band. Stangler enjoys working on her dad’s farm, playing sports, drawing and painting, and gardening.

Judging the Dodge County Fairest of the Fair competition this year are:

Karen Gibson, of Juneau. Gibson serves as the Dodge County Clerk and has judged previous Dodge County Fairest of the Fair competitions. The Fairest of the Fair committee welcomes her back to the program.

Richard Griep, of Beaver Dam. Griep is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Griep is a returning judge this year for the Dodge County Fairest of the Fair program.

Katie Lesperance, of Milwaukee. You may recognize Katie as the 2007 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair and past Dodge County Fairest Program Coordinator. This is her first time judging the Fairest of the Fair competition and the committee is happy to have her join the judging team.

Final interviews and the crowning of the 2013 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair will take place at the Fair on August 14 at 5:00PM and will be broadcast live on WTKM Radio.