Kristin Natzke Olson, a Fond du Lac native, was crowned the 66th Alice in Dairyland on May 10 in Brillion. Olson will be the state's agricultural ambassador for one year as an employee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Olson of Windsor is currently the dairy advertising coordinator at Accelerated Genetics. She grew up showing her family's dairy cattle, Crestbrooke Holsteins and Jerseys. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 with a degree in life sciences communications.
The 66th Alice in Dairyland was named at the conclusion of the three-day Alice in Dairyland Finals hosted by Calumet County. The Finals included interviews, agribusiness tours, an impromptu question and answer session, and a Finale Program. Other finalists for the position included Beth Babcock of Wisconsin Dells, Marie Mahaney of Milwaukee and Tammy Wiedenbeck of Lancaster.
Olson will begin her duties June 3, replacing the 65th Alice in Dairyland Rochelle Ripp. Throughout her year, she will travel about 40,000 miles around Wisconsin speaking at community events, educating students at schools and completing media interviews.
As Alice in Dairyland, she will drive an E-85 flex-fuel Chevrolet Tahoe from the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board for official events. Olson will wear a 14-karat gold and platinum brooch or tiara with citrines and amethysts, gems indigenous to Wisconsin, courtesy of the Wisconsin Jewelers Association.
Olson will receive a $40,000 salary and professional travel expenses during her contract year. She will also be given a mink garment from the Kettle Moraine Mink Breeders Association to promote Wisconsin's fur industry.
Olson will visit more than 100 classrooms throughout her year with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. She will begin her year by participating in many June Dairy Month events.