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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced the six top candidates for the 73rd Alice in Dairyland March 14 in Delavan. Finalists include, from left, Kaitlin Konder, Erica Helmer, Grace Schroeder, 72nd Alice in Dairyland Abigail Martin, Julia Nunes, Rachel Gerbitz, and Stephanie Hoff.

Following the March announcement that the 2020 Alice in Dairyland Finals would be postponed due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is providing additional details on when, where, and how to watch the selection of Wisconsin’s 73rd Alice in Dairyland.

A live question and answer session with all six top candidates will be held on Friday, June 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The final event, during which the next Alice in Dairyland will be selected, will be held Saturday, June 20 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Both events will be livestreamed on the Alice in Dairyland Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DATCPAliceInDairyland.

Current Alice in Dairyland, Abigail Martin of Rock County, will stay on in the position through June. The six top candidates to become the 73rd Alice in Dairyland are Rachel Gerbitz of Milton, Erica Helmer of Plymouth, Stephanie Hoff of Thorp, Kaitlin Konder of Glenwood City, Julia Nunes of Chippewa Falls and Grace Schroeder of Cashton.

Thanks to collaborative efforts between DATCP and the Walworth County Alice in Dairyland Committee (also the host of the 2021 finals), several adjustments were made to the 2020 Finals to accommodate social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions. For example, instead of touring agri-businesses as a group and delivering a live speech at the finals, this year candidates were required to tour two agri-businesses on their own and create a vlog, which will be shared at the final event.