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2022 Fairest, Kaylee Mess

Kaylee Mess

Kaylee Mess, 20, of Rosendale is the 2022 Fond du Lac County Fairest of the Fair.

The daughter of Austin and Debbie Mess, Kaylee is a 2020 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Laconia High School and currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Agriculture Education and Technology Education. On campus she is involved in many agriculture related organizations, including Pioneer Dairy Club, Platteville Agriculture Education Society, Platteville Agriculture Student Council, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Ceres Women’s Fraternity.

On campus, Kaylee serves as a Resident Assistant and was named the Staff Member of the Semester twice. When she is at home, she works on her family’s farm, Just-R-Mess Dairy, where she helps milk cows, feed calves, maintain records and much more. Kaylee enjoys caring for the cattle and celebrating the successes that come along the way, as well as appreciates the opportunity to continue to grow her dairy herd.

During her 4-H career, Kaylee was involved in the dairy, swine, arts and crafts, photography, foods and nutrition, youth leadership, and dairy management projects. Outside of 4-H, she is very involved in the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association and Laconia FFA.

In her spare time, Kaylee enjoys making crafts, watching movies and baking. She also enjoys having conversations with others about agriculture and the dairy industry.

Throughout her time as Fairest, Kaylee will have the opportunity to represent the Fond du Lac County Fair at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Annual Convention in January 2023, where she will vie for the title of Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. At the competition, she will go through multiple rounds of interviews, on-stage speaking opportunities, a semi-finals and finals competition. In addition, she will make several appearances throughout the county and serve as the official host of the Fond du Lac County Fair.

Kaylee is the recipient of a $750 scholarship provided by Noon and Evening Optimist of Fond du Lac as she represents the Fond du Lac County Fair for the next year. In January, she will represent the county in the Wisconsin Association of Fairs State Fairest of the Fair competition, where she will go through multiple rounds of interviews, on-stage speaking opportunities, a semi-finals and finals competition.

Fairest of the Fair Competition

Each year, contestants will vie for title of Fond du Lac Fairest of the Fair, with the top three receiving scholarship money. The competition consists of interviews, on-stage speaking opportunities and a pre-submitted application. The 2023 competition will take place on Saturday June 3rd. Applications are due April 30, 2023.


If you have any questions, please reach out to the Fairest Coordinators, Cayley Vande Berg cayleyvandeberg@gmail.com and Emily Vander Grinten efranke1234@gmail.com.

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