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April 26, 2015 - Duquaine selected 2015 Brown County Fairest of the Fair

DE PERE, WI – April 26, 2015 –Heather Duquaine of De Pere, is the 2015 Brown County Fairest of the Fair.  She was selected from four candidates during the Fairest of the Fair Gala at the Tundra Lodge Resort and Conference Center in Green Bay Sunday.  Performing the crowning honors was last year’s Fairest, Deanna Schlies.  The gala also celebrated Schlies being selected 2015 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs earlier this year. 


Duquaine is the daughter of David and Deborah Duquaine and a graduate of De Pere High School.  She is pursuing a degree in elementary and middle childhood education at UW-Green Bay.  As a future teacher, Duquaine would like to teach about agriculture in her classroom, sharing aquaponics and hatching chicks.  Her goals are to be a 4-H leader and own a hobby farm. 


After being crowned Duquaine said: “I am very honored to have been chosen and I hope that as Fairest, I can make the Brown County Fair even more special than it already is and inspire children, adults and older adults to enter exhibits in the fair.”   


Duquaine will make appearances throughout the county promoting the Brown County Fair.  The position serves as the media spokesperson and official host, educating on the variety of social, economic, and learning opportunities the fair offers.  She will also represent the Brown County Fair at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs convention in January 2016.  Duquaine will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Brown County Farm Bureau and Johnson & Wachholz Financial Services after successfully completing her term.


Katelyn Zeamer, daughter of Daniel and Tina Zeamer is runner-up/Fair Royalty.  Other candidates were Paige Bousley of Pulaski, and Carlleen Brehmer of Green Bay.


The judges for the event were: Becky Merkley, of Madison; Becky Jo Smith of Ledgeview; and Eric Treml, of Denmark.


André Jacque, 2nd Assembly District Wisconsin State Representative, presented Schlies with a formal State of Wisconsin Citation for her contributions.  Whitney Walczyk, Miss Brown County Outstanding Teen 2014 received the Friend of Fairest Award from outgoing Fairest Deanna Schlies.


Others in attendance included Jim Schmitt, Green Bay Mayor; Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive; Claire DuPont, 2008 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs; Katrina Geurts, 2012 Brown County Fairest of the Fair; Kallie Rank, 2014 Oconto County Fairest of the Fair; Kelsey Rueth, 2014 Clark County Fairest of the Fair; Kelly Wilfert, Section 9 Wisconsin FFA Officer; Jennie Collins, Miss Green Bay Area 2015; Bailey Hanson, Miss Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen 2015.  Attendance was up to nearly 120 people present for the gala.


For more information about the Brown County Fair or to become a sponsor of the Fairest, visit  To request an appearance by the Fairest of the Fair, contact

courtesy of Bonnie Kratz Photography

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LOCATION: Brown County Fairgrounds is located on the northern limits of the City of De Pere, on the west bank of the Fox River, about 5 miles south of downtown Green Bay.

DIRECTIONS: From Green Bay’s west side, go south on South Broadway St. This street is named Fort Howard Ave. as you approach De Pere. Watch for the Fairgrounds at 1500 Fort Howard Ave., near the intersection with Parkview Ave. OR start by going south on Ashland Ave., turn east on Hansen Road, then south on South Broadway St.

From De Pere’s west side, you can take Fort Howard Ave. north off of West Main Ave.