Kayla Oberstadt, 21, of New London, is Waupaca County’s 2011 Fairest of the Fair.
The new Fairest will be crowned on Thursday morning, Aug. 25, at the Waupaca County Fair in Weyauwega. Her job will be to promote the 2012 fair. She succeeds the 2010 Fairest of the Fair Amy Manske.
Oberstadt is a 2008 graduate of New London High School and will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2012 with a degree in human services leadership.
“I would like to go to graduate school and become a 4-H youth development agent,” she said. “4-H has been a part of my life forever.”
She feels her 13 years of exhibiting at the county fair has prepared her for the duties of the Fairest of the Fair. As a member of the Sandy Knoll 4-H Club, she participated in numerous projects including woodworking, dogs, rabbits, foods and nutrition, home environment and pigs.
“I absolutely love the fair and the opportunities it has for youth to showcase their projects,” she said. “To know how exciting it was for me as a kid and to still be able to see other young people experiencing that excitement, is very rewarding.”
Oberstadt loves working with young people. She currently serves as an activity leader for the Sandy Knoll 4-H Club and is a volunteer summer assistant for Waupaca County UW-Extension and 4-H Program. She is also camp director at 4-H camp, and recreation director at Fremont’s Jellystone Campground. As a full-time recreational director, she coordinates all craft and recreational activities and manages the activities staff.
Her parents are Russ and Marcia Oberstadt, of New London.
Contestants for the crown were Allie Ceranske, from Waupaca, Sarah Roland, from New London, and Sheri Kirchner, from Clintonville.