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‘Fairest of the Fair’ hopes to inspire the next generation of farmers

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) –The Wisconsin Valley Fair opens today, and its ‘Fairest of the Fair’ has been crowned.

This year’s ‘Fairest’ is Wausau native Jenna Breitenfeldt, who grew up on her family farm on the east side of the city.

Breitenfeldt currently studies dairy and crop science at UW-Madison in hopes of taking over the family farm.

Each year, the fair accepts applications to hold the tiara, but to be considered you must be of a certain age and have shown animals at the festival.

Breitenfeldt has been showing at the fair for 11 years and says it’s her passion of agriculture and farming driving her desire to be a role model for the youth.

“There aren’t that many women farmers, and I just hope that I can be that inspiration for the younger generation. It’s okay to get your hands dirty. It’s fun to wear dresses sometimes, but it’s also important to work hard,” said Breitenfeldt.

The 2019 ‘Fairest’ been heavily involved with 4H and Future Farmers of America most of her life. Breitenfeldt says it’s the friendships made in the organizations, and at the fair, that make the Wisconsin Valley Fair a special place for her.

“That’s why I love coming back and seeing friends and family that maybe I can’t see normally. Being able to catch up with them for a few minutes at the fair, it’s just a good time,” said Breitenfeldt.

Chase McNamara

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