Past Winners

Olivia Kamps of De Pere, is the 2019 Brown County Fairest of the Fair.

She is the daughter of Anne & Don and was selected from the three candidates during the Fairest Gala at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay on April 28th. Performing the crowning honors was last year’s Fairest & now WI Fairest of the Fairs, Meghan Buechel of Wrightstown.

Kamps is a graduate from De Pere High School and is currently attending UW-Milwaukee. She plans to graduate with a Communication Sciences degree and become a Speech Language Pathologist. She works as a Barista preparing a variety of beverages with the best possible customer service. She has been an exhibitor of poultry, rabbits, cultural arts, sewing and photography over the years, winning I Dare You, merit and state fair awards. The highlights for her in 4-H are best awards at State Fair Fashion review & dressing up as Chris Clover for community events.

Kamps will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Johnson & Wachholz Financial Services and Van Dyck family after successfully completing her term. About being crowned Kamps said “I am so appreciative of this opportunity to represent Brown County. I am looking forward to sharing my passion for the fair and hopefully bring others along the same amazing trip I had through 4-H.”

Other candidates were Calli Van De Hei of De Pere and Rachel Van Deurzen of De Pere. The selection panel for the event was Craig Coleman of Green Bay, Isabella Haen of Denmark, and Kim VandenAvond of Green Bay. Deb Barlament served as the Emcee.

The event was attended by around 65 people including Brown County Fair Board President, Steve Corrigan; and Wisconsin State Senator of the 1st District, André Jacque. A cheese reception was provided by Brown County Dairy Promotions, bucket raffles, baked good auction, and Festival Foods cake was enjoyed by attendees. Jacque presented Buechel with a State of Wisconsin Citation for her service as Fairest. Buechel presented the Friend of the Fairest Award to the Sue Vanevenhoven for her contributions and commitment to the Brown County Fair.

The new Fairest will make appearances throughout Brown County promoting this year’s fair. The Fairest of the Fair is the Fair Ambassador and official host of the 2019 Brown County Fair—which will take place August 14 – 18. The Fairest will promote a wide variety of educational, social, and economic opportunities available at the Fair. Kamps will also represent the Brown County Fair at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs convention in January 2020.