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Alice in Dairyland crowning set for Saturday

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 19, 2010
— One lucky woman will get to spend the next year on a 40,000-mile tour of county fairs, classrooms and dairy breakfasts.

She'll smile and talk endlessly about all things Wisconsin from apiaries to bovines to cranberries.


This weekend, Rock County will help get that lucky lady ready for the job.


The 63rd annual Alice in Dairyland will be crowned Saturday night at the Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N. Pontiac Drive, Janesville. The five Alice finalists will spend the days before the contest finale touring Rock County farms and agri-businesses.


Alice is the face of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Her job is to promote Wisconsin's $52 billion agriculture industry.


Alices often go on to jobs in education or communication. Former Madison Elementary School Principal Sue Masterson was Alice in 1970. Milton High School agriculture teacher Nicole Reese was Alice in 2006.


The finalists—This year's finalists are Christa Behnke of Clintonville, Andrea Bloom of Loyal, Christine (Lepple) Lindner of Fall River, Sheri Nelson of East Troy, Katie Reichling of Darlington and Rochelle Ripp of Lodi.


On the web—Read Alice's blog, order tickets for this year's competition or read Alice "fun facts" at aliceindairyland.com or datcp.state.wi.us. On the home page, click on "marketing agriculture."


More ticket information—Tickets are available for purchase in person at M&I Bank, 100 N. Main Street, Janesville, or by calling Pat Larson at (608) 751-9459.


This week's Alice events—The finalists will tour many sites in Rock County including United Ethanol in Milton, Kuhn North America and Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Larson Acres in Magnolia Township and Kerry Ingredients in Beloit.


An impromptu question-and-answer session will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Beloit Ironworks, 655 Third St.


A meet-and-greet will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pontiac Convention Center followed by a banquet and the contest finale.


The new Alice will be crowned around 9 p.m. Saturday.



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