Mischke to be crowned at Waupaca County Fair
By Jane Myhra
Kayla Mischke, 22, of New London, is the 2015 Waupaca County Fairest of the Fair.
Mischke will reign over the Waupaca County Fair to be held Aug. 26-30 at the fairgrounds in Weyauwega.
She will be crowned at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, on the east side of the Youth Building.
“I am truly overjoyed to have been selected as the 2015 Waupaca County Fairest of the Fair,” Mischke said. “I cannot put into words how excited I am to represent our county while promoting the fair and take part in many exciting events not only leading up to the fair, but for the next year.”
She has always loved the fair.
“Going to the fair is one of my fondest childhood memories,” Mischke said. “It’s a great family fair with so many things to do.”
As 4-H member for 12 years, she exhibited many projects at the fair, including clothing and photography.
Mischke is a 2011 graduate of New London High School.
She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a major in human biology and a pre-med emphasis. Her minor is Spanish.
Her goal is to be able to become a pediatric oncologist and hopefully find a cure for childhood cancer.
“Brain cancer is the most devastating for children,” Mischke said. “One day they are fine and playing, and the next they have cancer. Children don’t deserve that.”
Mischke was selected from four candidates on Sunday, June 28, during a banquet held at the Manawa Masonic Center.
The other candidates were Carmen Abel, 19, of Reedfield; Victoria Philippon, 19, of New London; and Alyssa Scheuermann, 18, of Manawa.
Carmen Abel is a 2013 graduate of New London High School and is currently studying to be a nurse at Fox Valley Technical College. She hopes to someday work in an emergency room.
As a 4-H member for 14 years, Abel embraced the experience and tried a variety of projects from horses, swine, cooking, clothing, woodworking and archery.
“My mother encouraged me to try different things,” she said. “I branched out on different things I didn’t think I could do. 4-H is a real learning experience.”
She is the daughter of Alexander and Bernice Abel.
Victoria Philippon sees the county fair as a confidence for young people.
“I have had a very good experience with the fair,” she said. “I had a lot of fun, met new people, and receiving ribbons on my projects helped reassure me that I was doing well.”
“Our county fair is big enough so there’s something new every year, yet small enough to maintain traditions,” she said.
Philippon is studying elementary education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“I enjoy being around children and I have always wanted to be a teacher,” she said.
She is the daughter of Timothy and Cynthia Philippon and graduated from NLHS in 2013.
Alyssa Scheuermann is studying art education at UW-Fox Valley.
“I love being artistic and I want to teach kids,” she said.
The daughter of Brian and Sherri Scheuermann, she graduated from Little Wolf High School in 2015.
During her years in 4-H, Scheuermann participated in drawing, painting, photography and cooking.
She enjoys the fun atmosphere of the Waupaca County Fair.
“There’s so much to do at our county fair,” she said. “I like to walk through the Youth Building and see what others have done.”