Walworth County Fair royalty crowning has a twist this year
IF YOU GO
What: Walworth County Pork Chop Cookout, Fairest of the Fair crowning and first round of the Country Idol and Senior Idol contests.
When: All events are today. The cookout is 4 to 7 p.m., the Idol competitions begin at 4 p.m., and the newest Fairest of the Fair will be crowned at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn
Cost: Adult meal is $9 in advance and $10 at the door. Meals for children 12 and under are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the fair office, Wilson Meats in Elkhorn, Millard Feed Mill, Sorg's Packing, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Walworth State Banks, People's Bank in Elkhorn, Talmer Bank and Trust, Frank's Piggy Wiggly, AXA-Advisors in Elkhorn and fair board members.
ELKHORN It couldn’t be fairer.
Walworth County is doing a one-time adjustment to its fairest of the fair timetable so representatives of the county fair can polish their public relations skills before competing at the state level, said Sue Pruessing, fair marketing manager.
The fairest of the fair competition runs deep in Walworth County cultural events. Young women vie for the crowning achievement of reigning over the six-day Walworth County Fair, winning a lifetime fair pass and a sash and crown they keep for a lifetime.
Fair officials are tweaking the competition this year. It likely will cause confusion among followers of Walworth County Fair royalty, but the transition should be fairly painless, Pruessing said.
It all starts with Karen Schlichter, Walworth County Fair 2011 Fairest of the Fair. She surrenders her reign tonight to 2011 first runner-up Hannah Eucker. Both were chosen as fair royalty at the 2010 fair.
Eucker will serve through the 2011 fair, which is Aug. 31 through Sept. 5.
A 2012 fairest of the fair will be chosen Sept. 4, 2011, and the reign of the new fairest will officially begin in June 2012 with the launch of promotional appearances for the upcoming fair.
Eucker will compete in the state fairest of the fair competition in January 2012. Subsequently, the winner of the Walworth County Fair 2012 Fairest of the Fair will compete in the 2013 state competition.
The winners of state competitions appear at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.
Under the new schedule, Walworth County Fairest of the Fair has about 16 months to prepare for state competitions. In the past, a selected young woman competed only four months after receiving her crown, giving her little time to learn about fair promotion, Pruessing said.
Now, she will receive coaching from fair personnel.
“We will work on their public relations skills and speaking skills,” Pruessing said. “We work on their poise and give them opportunities to get out and attain a comfort level by getting them out into the public.”