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A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair

Five finalists will take the stage at the Leinie Lodge Stage

July 15, 2014

The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.

A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.

Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.

Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.

The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.

Wednesday is Dollar Day at the Waukesha County Fair, located on the Waukesha County Expo Center grounds. The fair opens at 3 p.m. with $1 admission and $1 parking. Children 5 years old and younger get in free. Dollar Day is sponsored by Sprecher Brewing Company.

Below is a biography of this year's Waukesha County Fairest of the Fair finalists:

Danielle DeCloux, 18, Menomonee Falls

- DeCloux has showcased her sewing, photography, ceramics and shooting sports for the last eight years at the fair as a member of the 4-H program.

She has also volunteered in the 4-H kitchen. She is currently an ROTC cadet and will attend UW-Oshkosh.

Her goal is to become a veterinarian in the Army's Veterinary Corps.

Karli Hintz, 20, Waukesha

- Hintz has been involved in 4-H for more than 10 years and has exhibited scrapbooking, pottery, jewelry, basketweaving, goats, rabbits, swine, sheep and horses.

She has participated in the Showman of Showmen competition at the fair and volunteered in the 4-H kitchen and activity center.

Hintz is a student at UW-La Crosse pursuing a radiation therapy degree with a minor in communication studies.

Jacklyn Piper, 20, New Berlin

- Piper has been involved in the poultry project for the last five years and assists in the set-up and take-down. She is on the poultry patrol and part of the "Ask the Eggspert" during the fair.

Piper is showing in Open Class this year. She is a student at UW-Whitewater and is an active crew member in the theater and dance department.

Stephanie Seymour, 19, New Berlin

- Seymour, who has been exhibiting for nine years, has been a part of the public speaking contest, 4-H dog show, Youth in Action Stage, 4-H Food and Dairy Bar and helped with the set-up and take-down at the fair. She has been a superintendent in the Youth Building and small animal judging. 

Seymour is pursuing a double major in molecular biology and economics at UW-Madison and plans to attend medical or graduate school. Seymour also hopes to grow her art business.

Robyn Wittkopf, 19, Pewaukee

- Wittkopf has been active with the sheep project at the fair for the last nine years, including showing sheep. 

She has also shown her knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, food, poultry, rabbits and more.

Wittkopf helps with the sheep lead-in and has volunteered to help hand out ribbons and awards to the participants.

She is a student at the University of Dubuque in Iowa where she hopes to graduate with honors and become a pediatric oncology nurse.

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Homestead Animal Farm: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, W320 N9127 Highway 83, Hartland. Corn maze, hayrides, barnyard animals, pumpkins and other fall items. $6 maze, $2 hayrides, $2 animals, $9 all three. (262) 966-3840.

Mike Chaloupka Memorial Craft Fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27, Cornerstone Church, N6 W31449 Alberta Drive, Delafield. Handcrafted home and holiday decor items, unique gifts, silent auction, bake sale.

Comedy Show: 9-10:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Club Indigo, Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale MIle Road, Oconomowoc. Features national acts. $7 advance, $10 at the door. (262) 369-3999, www.olympiaresort.com.

"The Wonderbread Years" starring John McGivern: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. A comical salute to the baby boomer generation. (262) 560-2130, www.theoac.net.

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