Wisconsin’s 74th Alice in Dairyland has been granted a one-year extension of her contract in order to maximize her experience as the state’s official agricultural ambassador. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture announced that Julia Nunes of Chippewa Falls will continue in her current role through July 15, 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the decision, the 2021 Alice in Dairyland finals, which had been scheduled for May 2021 in Walworth County, will be canceled. As of now, Dane County is slated to host those events in mid-2022 to commomorate the 75th anniversary of the Alice in Dairyland program.
“Alice in Dairyland is a long-standing Wisconsin tradition. Even during the unexpected challenges of COVID-19, Alice has reminded us all of the diversity and strength of Wisconsin agriculture,” said DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski. “While 2020 may be behind us, the pandemic is not. Cancelling the 74th Alice in Dairyland finals is an unfortunate but necessary step to help protect the health and safety of our staff and the public we serve.”
Each year, the reigning Alice travels about 40,000 miles as a spokesperson for Wisconsin’s food, fiber, and natural resources industry. She has the duty of presenting hundreds of speeches, media interviews, and educational presentations throughout the year.
It was announced earlier that Wisconsin’s Fairs of the Fair Cayley Vande Berg of Rosendale will also serve a two-year stint because of the pandemic.
Source: Wisconsin Ag Connection