2014 Walworth County Fairest of the Fair to be selected Sunday

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The winner of the 2014 Walworth County Fairest of the Fair contest will be crowned at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Park Stage.

This year's contestants are:

--Chrystal Sparks, 20, Elkhorn, is a 2012 graduate of Elkhorn Area High School and is now attending Carthage College for a musical theatre degree.

During high school, Sparks was a member of the school's dance club, dance team, Spanish Club and theatre. She works at the front desk of the Abbey Resort in Fontana and participates in the Lakeland Players theater group in Elkhorn.

Sparks was the lead female in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” last fall.

--Elizabeth Synove, 19, Sharon, is a 2012 graduate of Big Foot High School. She completed the Gateway Technical College Certified Nursing Program and is now attending UW-Rock County.

Synove was involved with her high school's choir and jazz choir, Rock Valley Honors Choir and the dance team. She has been a member of Sharon 4-H for 10 years and served as her club's president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. She also received the Outstanding 4-H Member Award, Outstanding Senior Achievement Award for 4-H and Miscellaneous Leadership Award for 4-H.

Synove has participated in community service activities including Town Beautification Project, food drives, Poptabs for Ronald McDonald House and Fourth of July cleanup.

She works as a certified nursing assistant at Golden Years Nursing Home of Walworth. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing and wants to specialize in chemotherapy.

--Morgan Henriott, 19, Elkhorn, graduated from Elkhorn Area High School in 2013. She is majoring in animal science at UW-Platteville and plans to attend graduate school for animal nutrition.

Henriott served as the Elkhorn FFA's president in 2013, as an FFA collegiate reporter, a freshman mentor, Swine Chair for Block and Bridle, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha sorority. She works at the front counter and deli at Lake Geneva Country Meats.

Past awards Henriott has received include Gold Rated Swine Proficiency, State Degree recipient, Outstanding Senior in 4-H and Excellence in Achievement Swine Barn Award.

--Bridget Bleser, 17, Elkhorn, attends Catholic Central High School and will graduate in 2015. She is a member of Burlington FFA, Student Ambassadors, Operation Click, cheerleading squad and is a volleyball manager.

Bleser also works for Rock and Knoll Acres as a cattle feeder and for B. Bleser Beef as a herd manager.

Bleser has volunteered for the 4-H Bonfire and Campout, cemetery cleanup and other community events. She also has received awards for her work showing at the fair, including the 2011 grand champion beef carcass, 2012 reserve champion crossbred heifer and the 2013 grand champion bull calf.

She plans to pursue a degree in animal science with a minor in agribusiness. After gaining her degree she hopes to work in agricultural insurance and continue to improve her herd's genetic line.

--Emily Watson, 22, Elkhorn, graduated from Elkhorn Area High School and is a junior at UW-River Falls.

Watson has been involved with Elkhorn FFA for eight years. While in high school, she served as secretary, treasurer and vice president as well as chairing various committees. In 2012 Watson was elected as the Wisconsin State FFA vice president. She also works full time at Best Buy in Lake Geneva.

Watson plans to major in agriculture education and agriculture communications, and wants to teach agriculture in the southeastern area of Wisconsin. After gaining her degree, she also plans to run for Alice in Dairyland.

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