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Adjustments Made to 2020 Alice in Dairyland Finals
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/10/2020

The selection process for Wisconsin's 73rd Alice in Dairyland will undergo some changes in 2020 as a result of the governor's Safer at Home order. Interim Ag Secretary Randy Romanski told the media on Thursday that the state's agricultural ambassador will be chosen during a more low-key event on June 19-20, which will be streamed online for the public to view.

It was also announced that current 'Alice' Abigail Martin will continue to fulfill her duties through virtual communication methods under an extended contract agreement.

Romanski says the changes are being made in an effort to avoid bringing a large crowd of people together. The annual tradition, which dates back 1948, is often attended by the family of the finalists, local county organizers, program sponsors, and the media.

Walworth County was originally scheduled to host this year's Alice Finals on May 14-16, but will instead bring the process to their area in 2021.

Last month, the department announced that six women will compete as finalists for the title this year. They include Rachel Gerbitz, Milton; Erica Helmer, Plymouth; Stephanie Hoff, Thorp; Kaitlin Konder, Glenwood City; Julia Nunes, Chippewa Falls; and Grace Schroeder, Cashton.

On Friday, DATCP issued a press release stating that Dane County will host the program's 75th anniversary in 2022, with Dunn County holding the event the following year.

Alice in Dairyland is a communications professional who works to educate the public about Wisconsin agriculture. Each year, a new ambassador is chosen from a group of candidates during an extensive public job interview process.


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