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Alice in Dairyland finals underway in Clark County


CURTISS, Wis. (WSAU) -- By Saturday night, we’ll know who will become the 67th Alice in Dairyland. The three-day long finals competition is hosted by Clark County this year, and began Thursday.

There are 6 finalists. They are Allyson Binversie of Manitowoc, Zoey Brooks from Waupaca, Katie Dogs from Watertown, Kristin Klossner from New Glarus, Melissa Ploeckelman from Stetsonville, and Whitney Rathke from Fredonia.

Becky Paris is with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and works exclusively with the Alice in Dairyland program. She says Alice is a one year paid public relations position through their department.  “She travels all over the state throughout her year, and she works on different education pieces, gives speeches to various youth and adult organizations, as well as writes many articles and gives interviews for the purpose of educating the public on the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture.”

Paris says the new Alice in Dairyland will serve the state from June until June, and will be busy right away with June Dairy Month activities.  “She’ll kind of jump in feet first. She’ll spend a lot of time going to different dairy breakfasts throughout the state, as well as getting trained on everything she has coming up throughout the year.”

Alice in Dairyland is not a pageant. Paris says it is serious work involving education and promotion of all Wisconsin agriculture products. That’s why some past Alice’s have called it the toughest job interview process they’ve ever been through. Paris says their staff puts finalists through some challenging tests.  “At the finals, they are selected based on seven different criteria including a radio interview, a TV interview, some individual one-on-one type interviews, writing exercises, a couple of speeches, as well as professionalism.”

The new Alice in Dairyland will be announced on Saturday night at the El Norteno in Curtiss.