Amy Manske, of New London, is among six finalists for the 65th Alice in Dairyland position.
Alice in Dairyland is a full-time public relations employee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and serves a one-year contract term.
Manske is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is majoring in communication with an emphasis in journalism and public relations. When she graduates in May, Manske will also have a minor in business administration.
She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in New London and was very involved in 4-H and FFA. While in high school, Manske served as a Cow Expert at the Wisconsin State Fair educating fair-goers about the dairy industry. She was the Waupaca County Fairest of the Fair in 2010 and Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fairs first-runner up in 2011.
The other Alice in Dairyland finalists are: Ann Marie Ames, Janesville; Rachel Erickson, Oshkosh; Danielle Hammer, Beaver Dam; Sarah Holm, Elk Mound; and Rochelle Ripp, Lodi.
Manske and the other finalists will spend the next month and a half preparing for the selection process May 17-19 in Grant County. During those three days, they will complete an individual interview, writing exercise, media interviews, an impromptu question and answer session, an agribusiness tour talk and a finale speech.
To become a finalist, the applicants completed a preliminary interview in February.
“The Alice in Dairyland program has a strong history promoting the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture industry, currently at a $59 billion economic impact,” said Katie Wirkus, the 64th Alice in Dairyland. “One of these finalists will continue this tradition as Wisconsin’s most recognized agricultural spokesperson with an exciting year of travel while educating urban and rural audiences on the importance of Wisconsin agriculture.”
The public is invited to an Impromptu Question and Answer Session and Taste of Grant County on Friday, May 18. The cost of attending Friday evening is $10 per ticket.
The public is also welcome at the final selection events on Saturday, May 19. For Saturday evening, there are pricing options. For the Finale Program and dinner, it is $25 per ticket or $175 for a table of eight people. To attend only the Finale Program, each ticket is $5.
Tickets for both evenings are available for purchase through the UW-Platteville Box Office at 608-342-1298 or 877-727-1CFA (toll-free). Additional event details and ticket information will be listed on aliceindairyland.com, or connect with DATCP on Twitter at twitter.com/widatcp or Facebook at facebook.com/widatcp.
The 65th Alice in Dairyland will begin her duties on June 4.