Morgan Rynish, 2018 Outagamie County Fairest of the Fair, will be at the Outagamie County Fair throughout the week. She will be speaking at various events. Rynish was a former exhibitor at the fair and is excited to be back at the fair this year. Pictured (left to right) Amanda Stingle, 2017 Outagamie County Fairest of the Fair, and Rynish. – Submitted photo
By Sara Tischauser
Outagamie County fairgoers will have the opportunity to meet the 2018 Fairest of the Fair as they take in this year’s fair.
Morgan Rynish, Pulaski, was crowned the 2018 Outagamie Fairest of the Fair at the Outagamie County Breakfast on June 10. Rynish will be a senior at UW-Eau Claire this fall and will graduate with a degree in elementary education next spring.
Rynish said coming back to the fair and once again being able to share her passion for the fair is one of the reasons she ran for the fairest of the fair.
“I decided to run for fairest of the fair because I was looking for a way to become more involved in the Outagamie County Fair again,” Rynish said. “I have been out of exhibiting for a couple of years now, prior to having shown exhibits for 10 years, and I wanted to showcase the passion and experiences I gained from those 10 years at the fair.”
During her previous years at the fair Rynish was busy participating with many activities at the fair.
“Fair time was always crazy for me because I exhibited so many things,” Rynish said. “In my busiest years, I would show arts and crafts, foods and nutrition, photography, woodworking, dogs, rabbits, poultry, sheep and goats. So I guess you could say I know my way around the fair.”
Rynish said the fair really helps promote cooperation and teamwork across a wide range of people.
“I believe everyone has something to gain from the fair, not just the youth,” Rynish said. “Come fair week, you can walk through the barns and witness everybody, adults and kids alike, working together to reach a common goal. I think the biggest thing anyone can take away from the fair is that feeling of pride and satisfaction when you work hard and work smart to reach a goal or help someone else do the same.”
This year Rynish said she is really looking forward to one of the new events at the fair.
“I am looking forward to bull riding on Thursday night,” Rynish said. “I have never seen anything like this at the fair, so I can’t wait to experience something a little different.”
While at the fair, Rynish said she will be speaking to many people and sharing her experiences.
“I will be walking around the fairgrounds all week speaking at as many events as possible on stage at grandstand entertainment and at animal judging,” Rynish said. “I will be an advocate for the fair as well as the Fairest program.”
Since she began her reign as fairest of the fair, Rynish said she has been to many events.
“I have already participated in the Mackville Nationals Truck and Tractor Pulls, St. Nicholas Country Fest in Freedom, the Manawa Rodeo parade, and the Kickin’ It with the Cows run/walk in De Pere,” Rynish said.
During her time as fairest of the fair, Rynish hopes to gain experience to help her in the future.
“I hope to gain more experiences with speaking in front of large crowds, as well as maintaining professionalism in all circumstances,” Rynish said. “Since in the near future I hope to be an educator, this will help me be even more comfortable when working with students and adults. I can’t wait to see where my reign takes me personally and professionally.”
The Outagamie County Fairest of the Fair program Rynish said wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community.
“I would like to thank the sponsors of the fairest of the fair program: the Outagamie County Dairy Promotions, Outagamie County Farm Bureau and Outagamie County Fair Association,” Rynish said.
Rynish said she does have advice for anyone who wants to run for fairest of the fair.
“Don’t stress about it, which may seem like hard advice to listen to when the time comes,” Rynish said for any future fairest of the fair contestants. “Just be yourself.”