Fairest of the Fair enjoying busy summer

Taylor Przybylski helping promote Shawano County Fair

Brady Van Deurzen, news@wolfrivermedia.com

Leader File Photo Taylor Przybylski waves to the crowd as she rides the Shawano County Fair float during Bonduel’s Fourth of July parade. Przybylski sees her role as Fairest of the Fair as a “walking beacon” for the fair.

Optimism, persistence and an affection for animals helped Taylor Przybylski, of Pulaski, become Shawano County’s Fairest of the Fair for 2016.

“It feels surreal,” Przybylski said. “I am still in shock. It feels more like being in a dream than reality.”

Przybylski, 21, was runner-up in the 2014 contest. She was selected as the 2016 Fairest in April from among four candidates. The competition included a personal interview, group interview, construction of a 30-second radio ad and then final questions from a panel of three judges.

“I knew what to expect this year because I did all of it already,” Przybylski said. “I could prepare better for it. It was easier to just be myself.”

Przybylski, daughter of Diane and Gary Przybylski, grew up on a 250-cow dairy farm. Her interest in agriculture as well as horseback riding (she started when she was 2 1/2) prompted her to join Country Korner 4-H when she was 10 years old. Two years later Przybylski participated in the fair for the first time, showing horses and baked goods.

“The fair has been in my life basically forever,” she said.

Przybylski participated in the fair and 4-H throughout high school, where she participated in sports, art and Spanish clubs, and coached basketball. She graduated from Pulaski High School in 2013.

When asked about why she wanted to be the county’s 43rd Fairest of the Fair, Przybylski responded: “Growing up with the fair being such a big part of my life, I just wanted to give back. When I was young I always saw (Fairest of the Fair) as the princess, and I wanted to give young people that same vision.”

Her term as Fairest of the Fair has kept her busy. She has modeled at the Shawano Women’s Club Spring Fling Fashion Show (her first official event as Fairest), and participated in Brunch on the Farm, the Packers tailgate tour, a Shawano Speedway event, Fourth of July parade in Bonduel and others. She is participating in Pulaski Polka Days this week and, of course, the Shawano County Fair at summer’s end.

“I am the walking beacon for the fair,” Przybylski said. “People from the events can approach me and ask me questions about the fair, and my job is to answer them in any way I can.”

In January, she will represent Shawano County at the state Fairest of the Fair competition.

Przybylski said the job can be “exciting but overwhelming.”

She is thankful for the support she has received from family, friends and the community.

“It is awesome to see people in the community and hearing that they are proud of me,” Przybylski said. “There has been so much help from everyone so far, too, whether it is them helping to build floats or even organizing everything, it has all been so helpful.”

When she is not busy promoting the fair, Przybylski continues her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is on track to graduate in August and hopes to build a career in dairy agriculture.

Her role as Fairest of the Fair will help her achieve her goals, Przbylski said.

“The importance of (Fairest of the Fair) for me personally is that this role promotes professionalism and leadership,” Przybylski said. “You learn how to eat properly, sit properly and all kinds of other things that will help you with your future, and that is what I hope that I get out of it.”