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Every week is fair time for the Fairest

Melissa Ploeckelman is certainly no stranger to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. A few years ago she roamed the grounds as a State FFA Officer, this year she is Wisconsin’s Fairest of the Fair. Her latest venture started a year ago when she was named Fairest of the Fair at the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau. She then went on to represent Marathon County at the state competition in January where she was selected out of 42 candidates.

It has been a very busy summer already for Ploeckelman having visited numerous fairs to date “I did nine last week and eight the week before,” with many more on her schedule including the Wisconsin State Fair August 6th through the 16th. She says the current economy has more people looking to fairs as a good entertainment value for the whole family.

Given her involvement already, it is no surprise that Ploeckelman is an advocate for youth to get involved in the many opportunities available to them like the Fairest program, FFA, 4-H and others. “These are things that are great for agriculture, great for Wisconsin and we are a generation that can promote these things and keep them going strong.”

AUDIO: Melissa Ploeckelman talks about her experiences 5:30

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