The daughter of Jody and Paulette Riley of Gays Mills, Riley is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying strategic communications and broadcast journalism. She is currently the public relations student officer for the Association of Women in Agriculture and has served on numerous communications and agriculture committees. For several years Riley has volunteered at nursing homes, children's hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House while also receiving Dean's List Honors each year at UW-Madison.
Ariel Hellenbrand, 19, representing the Lodi Agricultural Fair was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Paul and Donna Hellenbrand of Lodi, and is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Jenna Crayton, 21, representing the Racine County Fair was named second runner-up. She is the daughter of James and Jacqueline Crayton of Oak Creek and is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Alizabeth Elfering, 20, representing the Kenosha County Fair was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of Dean and Karen Elfering of Mauston and is a junior at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Jennifer Kuffel, 19, representing the Sheboygan County Fair was named fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Micheal and Amy Kuffel of Oostburg and is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Alexia Gegare, 19, representing the Rock County Fair, was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Debbie Gegare of Janesville and attends the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
"The Fairest of the Fairs plays an important role in promoting all Fairs in Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin State Fair," stated Rick Frenette, CEO of Wisconsin State Fair Park. "Our staff is fortunate to work with a talented, intelligent and passionate young woman each year, and we look forward to the opportunity to get to know Kaitlyn and contribute to her personal and professional growth."
Individuals interested in competing in future Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs contests may contact their county or district fair board for more information, or visit www.wifairs.com.
The 2014 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place July 31 – Aug. 10.
Source: Wisconsin State Fair