Cayley Vande Berg, who was named the state Fairest of the Fair (top), also works at Rosendale Dairy.
Cayley Vande Berg, who was named the state Fairest of the Fair (top), also works at Rosendale Dairy.

   “I saw the crown on my head and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s what it looks like!’ and, ‘Oh my gosh, I think I have to just go look at the crown,’ because [I felt], ‘Is this real? Am I really the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs?’”

   Even with the crown on her head, Rosendale native Cayley Vande Berg could not believe she’d been named the 2020 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs last week Wednesday.

   It was a dream come true for her — one with roots going back 26 years.

   Cayley is the daughter of Tammy and Chad Vande Berg of Eldorado, and it was 26 years ago that her mother vied for the title of the state’s Fairest of the Fair after winning the Fond du Lac County Fairest of the Fairs competition.

   Though her mom didn’t take home the state title, she galvanized Cayley to pursue the same path that led her to the crowning achievement.

   “The person that inspired me the most to run for the Fond du Lac County Fairest of the Fair was my mom,” Cayley said. “My mom was Fond du Lac County Fairest of the Fair 26 years ago, and so I knew growing up — showing [animals and projects] at the fair each year — you see your Fairest [representative] and that’s someone that I’ve always looked up to and it’s like, ‘Well, I hope that I can do that someday.’

   “It’s just been incredible to have this opportunity to serve as the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs and it’s something that I definitely didn’t think I would be able to get to do, but it’s truly a dream."

Read the full story in the Jan. 16, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.