HJ/EDJuly 17, 2006

Two local girls to vie for Wright County Fairest of the Fair

By Lynda Jensen
Editor

Local reigning Fairest of the Fair royalty are preparing to give up their crowns in two weeks at the Wright County Fair.

Fairest of the Fair princess Emily Dahlman of Cokato, along with Kristal Sawatzke of Annandale, who is formerly of Waverly, and Princess Rustie Johnson of Waverly, and are wrapping up an eventful year as Wright County royalty.

Two local girls out of nine candidates are vying for the title this year, Courtney Heuer of Howard Lake, and Jamie Pester of Montrose.

Coronation is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26 on the Wright County fairgrounds in Howard Lake.

The fair itself is set for Wednesday through Sunday, July 26-30. More events will be listed next week.

Following are interviews with all nine candidates.

Erin E. Gilmer

Age 19, from Cokato

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Nick and Danielle.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I am very involved in my church, and I also help out with local mentor programs.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

I am such a people person, and will do whatever it takes to make people smile.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

I love the demo derby. There is so much excitement involved, and I like that so many people attend.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I have lived in Wright County all my life, and I would represent the county with pride and enthusiasm. I also love to tell people all about the fair and everything it involves.

What was the last book you read?

“The Notebook.”

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

I would be honored to represent my county and share my excitement with everyone I could reach. I also know that I could bring a lot of fun to the experience.

Hope Braatz

Age 19, from Cokato

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Mark Braatz and Shelley Martinson

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Daniel, 22; Adam, 18; and Charstyn, 11.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy reading and hanging out with my friend.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

I’m approachable.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

My favorite event would have to be the demo derby, because it’s one event that I just get to spend time with my brother, and have fun.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I think that I would be a great ambassador for the Wright County Fairest of the Fair, because I believe that I have great memories of the fair, and that while reigning, my enthusiasm will be contagious.

What was the last book you read?

“The Notebook,” by Nicholas Sparks.

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

My mother was chosen to be an ambassador for her hometown’s festival, and it has always been a dream of mine to follow in her footsteps. It is also a great opportunity to get to know more people in our county.

Courtney Ruthe Heuer

Age 17, from Howard Lake

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Roger and Cindy Heuer

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Brother, Carl, 13 years old.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I love to play the violin and trumpet. I’m in 4-H, and very involved in FFA. I live on a farm, and love to show cows, and I also show my dog through 4-H. I am also very involved with our church youth group, and was selected as the vice president in our NHS.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

I am a good public speaker, I love talking in front of people, and meeting new people. I am a big people-person. I love listening to people, and learning about their schools, families, and their interests.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

I love the 4-H livestock shows. I have been a part of it for 10 years, and it is the greatest feeling to accomplish your goal, or watching your friends that you have been showing with win their own shows, and all of our hard work paying off.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I have been coming to the Wright County Fair for as long as I can remember. First, to watch my cousins show, then to show cows myself. I look forward to the fair every year, and put a lot of hard work into preparing my projects and animals. It would give me great honor to represent something so great, and something I love.

What was the last book you read?

“Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.”

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

I have watched the Fairest of the Fair coronations every year at the fair, and remembering how much I would like the chance to represent the Wright County Fair. I would like to encourage everyone I meet to attend the Wright County Fair.

Jamie Pester

Age 17, from Montrose

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Deb and Art Pester

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Constance, 27; Karen, 26; Becky, 23; and Crystal, 22.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Hunting, scrapbooking, tubing, snowboarding, cheerleading, and spending time with my friends and family.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

I can be very friendly and open to meeting new people.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

The Chopper dances, because I love to meet new people, dance, and have a good time.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

To change things up, and show myself I can do anything I put my mind to.

What was the last book you read?

“A Child Called It,” by David Pealzer.

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

To try a new opportunity, and be able to say, “I tried.”

Elissa Burgstaler

Age 23, from Monticello

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Ed and Jane Burgstaler

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Sister, Jennifer, 26 years old; and brother, Bill, 17 years old.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Working with animals of all types; and fishing, camping, hunting, 4-H, cheerleading, and theater.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

Very social and upbeat.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

4-H rabbit show, because I used to show rabbits for years on a county and state level.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I have a great personality and am excited about the fair.

What was the last book you read?

“Brimstone,” by Lincoln Child.

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

I thought it would be a great opportunity to meet new people and learn about the history and traditions of the county.

Danielle Enberg

Age 17, from Monticello

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Gloria Triebwasser

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Joshua, Cody, Chrysta, Ethan, and Maia.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I love dancing, both for fun and competitively; along with singing in choir at school.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

I have already had a lot of life experiences that many people don’t face, and that has helped me see how full life really is.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

I love the fair so much, that it is hard for me to narrow it down to one thing. But, I love the talent show. I have been involved with the show since the age of six, and then I became a helper.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I have come to the fair every day since I was six, I have watched the Fairest of the Fair program grow, and now I want to grow even more with the program as an ambassador.

What was the last book you read?

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

I decided to run because when I was six, and saw my first Fairest of the Fair coronation, I knew that someday I wanted to be Fairest of the Fair.

Jamie Johnson

Age 18, from Annandale/Buffalo

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Brad Ebert and Teri Rohde-Johnson

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Kayla, 20; Justin, 18; Melissa, 14; Bradley, 6; and Billy 4.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, making new friendships, scrapbooking, knitting, going out to movies, watching football, and entertaining.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

My outgoing personality, I enjoy entertaining.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

The demo derby, because there is always so much energy and excitement.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

Because I enjoy hanging out with new people, I enjoy new friendships.

What was the last book you read?

“Oceans Apart,” by Karen Kingsbury. Karen is an amazing and powerful Christian author.

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

To join something fun, and to make new friends.

Laura Holker

Age 17, from Monticello

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Daniel and Kathleen Holker

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Three sisters and two brothers; Danelle Danna, Mark, Jody, and Nick.

What are your hobbies and interests?

I enjoy most anything having to do with football and softball. I love being with kids, they put a smile on my face every day.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

I am a very outgoing person, and I love to visit with people.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

I can’t pick just one. This may sound funny, but the cow barn is my favorite, because our family raised cattle for years, and I always am interested in looking at all the pretty cattle. Also, the tractor pull is a ton of fun. The John Deere ones are my favorite.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I love where I live, and the people all around.

What was the last book you read?

“Number the Stars.”

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

I wanted the opportunity to meet many new people.

Kirie Marshall

Age 18, from Buffalo

What are your guardians/parents’ names?

Mark and Julie Marshall

Do you have any brothers or sisters, and if so, what is their age?

Brother, David.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Girls’ hockey, photography, reading, water/lake activities, and cooking.

What do you feel is a good quality that you have?

My ability to feel as confident as I can in any given circumstance.

What is your favorite event about the Wright County Fair, and why?

Talent show, because I enjoy watching people’s individual talents.

Why do you think you should be given the chance to be an ambassador for the Wright County Fair?

I’ve always wanted to do something to give back to the communities that attend the fair, because they’ve done so much for me over the years. I also want to travel places and have the people feel proud of me because of how I represent the Wright County Fair.

What was the last book you read?

“The Uglies,” by Scott Westerfield. Currently reading “The Pretties” by the same author.

Why did you decide to run for the Fairest of the Fair?

I’ve always wanted to do something to give back, and a family friend who was a representative for Buffalo referred me to Fairest of the Fair.


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