(left to right) 2017 Fairest Candidates: Kylie Scherer
of Sheboygan Falls, Hailey Molkenthine of Plymouth,
Ashley Miller of Sheboygan, Makayla Klumpyan 2016
Fairest, Mandilynn Race of Cedar Grove and Kaylie
Schelinske of Glenbeulah and (not pictured) Shannon
McCabe of Plymouth.
Photo by: Jenny Lynn Photography


Fairest Candidates Share Ways They Can Add-Value to the Role

By:  Courtney Booth and Kara Abraham of the Fairest Committee

The Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair program is announcing six candidates who have applied
to become the next Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair.  The 2017 Fairest will be named at the Fairest of the Fair Gala on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Laack’s Ballroom in Johnsonville. 


The Fairest of the Fair serves as the official ambassador for the Fair, welcoming families and individuals to attend the Sheboygan County Fair, Labor Day Weekend.  Throughout her year, the Fairest is involved in county-wide events such as festivals, picnics, parades, adult care center visits and youth events. While attending these events, she is the public relations professional that shares the story of what makes the fair unique and valuable for all.

Each candidate was asked to complete a two-page application, a 250-word essay titled “
What do you think your most important role will be while serving as the Fairest of the Fair and what skills do you possess that will help you be successful in that role?” and attach their personal resume.  During the Fairest Gala, these six candidates will be highlighted in a live competition on-stage for the selection of the 2017 Fairest of the Fair. 

The Fairest of the Fair serves as the official ambassador for the Fair, welcoming families and individuals to attend the Sheboygan County Fair, Labor Day Weekend.  Throughout her year, the Fairest is involved in county-wide events such as festivals, picnics, parades, adult care center visits and youth events. While attending these events, she is the public relations professional that shares the story of what makes the fair unique and valuable for all. 

Each candidate was asked to complete a two-page application, a 250-word essay titled “What do you think your most important role will be while serving as the Fairest of the Fair and what skills do you possess that will help you be successful in that role?” and attach their personal resume.  During the Fairest Gala, these six candidates will be highlighted in a live competition on-stage for the selection of the 2017 Fairest of the Fair. 

To give readers a preview of the candidates and the exciting evening that is planned, we’ve asked the candidates to share a little more about themselves and some highlights from their essay.                             

2017 Fairest of the Fair Candidate Bios

Shannon McCabe, age 26, Plymouth, is the daughter of Debbie Oberreich and Tom and Katie McCabe.  She is a graduate of Sheboygan North High School, Lakeshore Technical College and UW-Fond du Lac and is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she is majoring in Animal Science with a Chemistry minor.  She is currently employed at Kinni Croix River Falls Veterinary Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant and at Sprint as a Sales Representative.   Upon graduation, she plans to become a Veterinarian and one day own her own veterinary practice and animal shelter.

McCabe shares in her 250-word essay, “The major role that the Fairest holds is to be a positive and professional spokesperson for the Sheboygan County Fair. In my opinion the Fairest must demonstrate good professionalism, teamwork and leadership skills to showcase that role.”  adds McCabe.

“Some skills I possess that would help me be successful as Fairest are dedication, leadership and perseverance.  These three skills have been refined throughout numerous years of experience in both professional and school settings with work and social experiences.  In addition to those skills I feel that I bring a unique background to the role because I didn’t grow up on a traditional family farm; my interest in the agriculture industry started out as a Cloverbud with a pet rabbit. It is because of my many years showing at the fair in 4-H that have opened new doors for opportunities which has helped me evolve into the bright, young individual I am today. The Fairest of the Fair is one of the first women young children, like myself, sees as a role model and I think I would showcase that role exceptionally,” concludes McCabe.

 Ashley Miller, age 20, Sheboygan, is the daughter of Terry and Kelly Miller.  She is a graduate of Sheboygan South High School and is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.  She is currently employed at the Sheboygan Falls YMCA Daycare.  She is an assistant teacher in the Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten room where some of her responsibilities include opening the center, feeding children breakfast and entertaining and caring for kids before school begins.  Upon graduation, she would like to remain in Sheboygan County and begin her career as a teacher.  

Miller shares in her 250-word essay, “While serving as the Fairest of the Fair, I believe that my most important role will be serving as a positive role model for the youth of Sheboygan County.   I have a deep love and passion for children as well as our great community; I wish to educate younger generations in the area about the community they live in and how to affect it in a positive manner.   Through working at The Sheboygan Press and the Sheboygan Falls YMCA Daycare I have greatly developed my skills of communication as well as leadership and education.  These skills will aid me in speaking to children, adults, and large crowds of people while advocating for events and change in the community,” states Miller.

“Also, being an individual who was born and raised in Sheboygan and plans to stay in the area, I believe that I will have a meaningful connection with the majority of members in our community.  If chosen to serve as the Fairest of the Fair, I will strive to be a positive role model for the children of Sheboygan County,” concluded Miller.

Hailey Molkenthine, age 19, Plymouth, is the daughter of David and Michelle Molkenthine.  She is a graduate of Plymouth High School and is currently a freshman at Lakeshore Technical College where she is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness, Science and Technology.  She is currently employed at Plyco Corporation where she prepares and builds a variety of window frames.   Upon graduation, she would like to become an advocate for the agriculture industry, other 4-H members and youth. 

Molkenthine shares in her 250-word essay, “I believe my role as Fairest is to be an active advocate for the entire community and the agriculture industry.  I am a strong believer that we are all teachers and we all have different experiences to share,” adds Molkenthine.

“I have been a 4-H camp Jr Director where I had to plan many camp activities and stand in front of a large group of children, other counselors and adult staff to present these activities.   My counselor experiences along with holding officer positions in my 4-H club will help me talk in front of the community and share my knowledge.  When I was just beginning my 4-H career I remember looking up to the Fairest of the Fair whether I knew her personally or not.  Having positive role models, like the Fairest is just one of the reasons I became as involved and outgoing as I am today.  I would like to be a positive and welcoming representative that youth and adults can look to, promoting all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of the county fair,” concludes Molkenthine.

Mandilynn Race, age 19, Cedar Grove, is the daughter of Tom and Amanda Race.  She is a graduate of Cedar Grove-Belgium High School and is currently attending Concordia University-Wisconsin where she is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Sports and Entertainment.  She is currently employed at The Pasta Shoppe as a waitress and The American Club as a banquet server.  During the summer, she is also a Little League Umpire for the Cedar Grove Belgium Athletic Association.  She plans to graduate from Concordia University-Wisconsin in 2019 and find a job that she loves. 

Race shares in her 250-word essay, “While serving as the Fairest of the Fair, the most important role is to be an engaging and dedicated ambassador who others can look up to.  With this position, not only are you representing yourself, but the entire Sheboygan County; it requires the utmost respect, modesty and personal drive to be the best that you can be,” adds Race.

“I believe I am personable, compassionate, hardworking and easy going.  Under this role, I would want to be challenged to further my personal growth and continue to reach out of my comfort zone.  I sincerely hope to be blessed with this role and if attained, it is my hope to positively influence fairgoers, 4-H members, and other community members young and old.  Having been a 4-H member in previous years, continuing to embody the 4-H pledge and motto back at the Sheboygan County fairgrounds one more year would be a tremendous honor.  In addition, it would be a great way to give back once again to encourage and promote such a rewarding organization,” concluded Race.

.Kaylie Schelinske, age 19, Glenbeulah, is the daughter of Dean and Angela Schelinske.  She is a graduate of Plymouth Comprehensive High School and is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she is majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish.  She is currently a Child Care Provider/Summer Nanny.  She would like to study abroad, possibly Nicaragua, to learn and understand their cultures and education systems.  Upon graduation, she would like to travel to an underdeveloped country to work with students and schools to help improve their education systems. 

Schelinske shares in her 250-word essay, “While serving as the Fairest of the Fair, it is important to educate the public about all of the new and exciting attractions and exhibits coming to the Sheboygan County Fair.  The fair is about bringing the community together to celebrate the hard work and success of local businesses, 4-H, FFA, and Open class Exhibitors,” expressed Schelinske.

The fair has been an important part of my life as I have been showing projects like poultry, horse and photography for the past 13 years through 4-H.  These events have positively impacted my life and I know that the fair can impact others’ lives too and I want to be part of that.  Being involved with the fair for the past 13 years, I have gained valuable knowledge and skills that will help me excel at the Fairest of the Fair position.  Some of these skills include working with community members of all ages and sharing my enthusiasm and passion for the fair,” concludes Schelinske.

Kylie Scherer, age 20, Sheboygan Falls, is the daughter of Kenneth and Yvette Scherer.  She is a graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School and is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan where she is majoring in Elementary Education.  She is currently employed as a condo room attendant at the Blue Harbor Resort.  There she is responsible for servicing and cleaning the condos.  Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, she would like to teach children in Kindergarten to 2nd grade.  She would also like to earn her certification as a horse riding instructor. 

Scherer shares in her 250-word essay, “The most important role while serving as Fairest of the Fair would be promoting all of the activities at the Sheboygan County Fair.  Including the many types of animals and how the 4-H members can tell you almost anything about their animals. The midway with fun rides and games, and all the food available.  Promoting the fair will be very easy for me since I have been going my whole life and have shown animals for most of those years.  The fair is the one weekend a year I look the most forward to. Another important role would be to be a positive role model in the community by participating in events around the county and sharing my knowledge and experience with the fair and 4-H.  I am also a positive person who enjoys talking with people and I have a passion for teaching children about animals,” adds Scherer.

“What I think will make me most successful in this role is that I really do love going to fair. I have just gone to enjoy the fair, I have shown my horse, dog, and photos at the fair.  I know a lot about the fair and would love to share my knowledge with adults and children,” ended Scherer.

There is a three-person interview panel evaluating the candidates all day on criteria from their written applications, individual interviews, group interviews and Gala speaking performances.

All attending will witness the candidate’s self-introductions, 30 second radio advertisements, impromptu question/answers, on-stage presence, overall communications and knowledge of the fair.  Additionally, there will be entertainment 4-H youth, a farewell by outgoing Fairest Makayla Klumpyan and an update from Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Rebecca Starkenburg.  The evening emcee will be the 70th Alice Finals Steering Committee Director and 2004 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, Nicole Nohl.

All participants will receive scholarships as well as gift baskets filled with products and services donated by the program sponsors.  In addition, the newly named Fairest will receive a $1,000 scholarship, 1st runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship and 2nd runner-up will receive a $200 scholarship. 

Over 120 businesses from throughout Sheboygan County have donated their products and services to the Fairest of the Fair program.  In addition to the prizes donated for the candidate gift baskets, the sponsoring food-based companies will feature their products for the public to enjoy at the “Winners’ Dinner” in celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of the candidates vying to become the next Fairest. The public is invited and there is no admission charge. For more information or questions about the event, please contact Courtney Booth, Chair at 920

-946-4517.