Zoey Brooks of Waupaca is one of six finalists preparing for possibly the longest and most thorough job interview they may ever experience.
They are hoping to be the next Alice in Dairyland.
In addition to Brooks, the other finalists are Allyson Binversie of Manitowoc, Katie Dogs of Watertown, Kristin Klossner of New Glarus, Melissa Ploeckelman of Stetsonville and Whitney Rathke of Fredonia.
Brooks will graduate this spring from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in animal science. As the sixth generation on her family’s dairy and grain farm, she looks forward to growing the business in the future.
She serves as the Dane County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom coordinator and as a director at-large for her Collegiate Farm Bureau. She has held internships with the Food Export Association of the Midwest and UW Extension. Brooks has also gained experience working with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association.
“During the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing my experiences as Wisconsin’s agricultural ambassador with these finalists, explaining what it’s like telling the story of Wisconsin’s $59 billion agriculture community,” said Kristin Olson, the current Alice in Dairyland. “They will also learn about the diversity of agriculture and agribusiness in Clark County, this year’s host county, and where one finalist will begin her journey as the 67th Alice in Dairyland.”
Alice in Dairyland is the state’s agricultural ambassador and travels Wisconsin promoting the state’s agriculture industry in speeches, media interviews and school presentations. The 67th Alice in Dairyland will be selected at the conclusion of the finals May 15–17 in Clark County. The 67th Alice in Dairyland will begin her one-year contract position June 2.
The public is welcome to attend two public events during the finals in Clark County. Tickets are available for a question and answer dinner Friday, May 16, at the American Legion Hall in Loyal. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program to follow. Tickets are $10 per person.
The banquet and selection finale will be held Saturday, May 17, at The El Norteno Banquet Hall in Curtiss. Tickets are $20 per person. The social hour begins at 4:30 p.m., the banquet dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and the selection finale is at 6:45 p.m.
Visit aliceindairyland.com for more information.