The role as the Iowa County Fairest of the Fair is to promote the Iowa County Fair leading up to the fair and to be the official hostess of the Fair over Labor Day Weekend. It is a one year, one time only position.
Throughout his or her reign, the Fairest a ends county parades, creates radio spots with local radio stations, competes for Wisconsin State Fairest of the Fairs at the State Convention in January, and makes appearances at county events to further promote the Fair (such as the Iowa County Dairy Breakfast).
We select our fairest in May, a year before his or her reign starts, following interviews of the applicants. This young lady or gentleman then spends the summer shadowing and helping the current fairest. Such an opportunity allows the upcoming fairest to see what being Fairest of the Fair entails while gaining experience and ideas for his or her reign. This process ensures that he or she will be well-prepared as Fairest and at the State Convention.
Fairest of the Fair is a scholarship program that also provides young ladies and gentleman with the opportunity to enhance their public speaking and interviewing skills; interact with the community; meet leaders of the agriculture and fair industry; and make lifelong friends with other county fairests from around Wisconsin.the Livestock Auction is where the community can support the local youth with their projects.
4H is a large part of the Iowa County Fair, but in more recent years, it has been an opportunity for other youth groups and community service groups also.
The Iowa County Fair gives fundraising opportunities to Boy Scouts Groups, Mineral Point Lions, Dodgeville Girls Basketball, Mineral Point VFW, Family Advocates, Family Resource Center, Knights of Columbus, and Mineral Point Rescue Squad. These groups raise money by assisting in the operations of the fair, working the gate, free ice cream serving, free spagheti supper, parking, grounds maintenance, and food and beverage concession stands. The Iowa County Fair paid out over $14,000 to these groups for services for the five day event. These groups then turn these funds around and use them in other community service functions that benefit Iowa County.
The Iowa County Fair has deep community history, youth impact and economic impact on our community. The lively hood of this organization depends greatly on the community.