Every May, Wisconsin crowns a new Alice in Dairyland. Alice got her start in 1948 when she hosted the Wisconsin Centennial Exposition at State Fair Park in West Allis. A huge papier-mache “Alice” answered questions from children while the real Alice, Margaret McGuire Blott, remained seated just offstage. Today, Alice in Dairyland is the state’s most recognizable spokesperson for Wisconsin agriculture. Rochelle Ripp of Lodi was named the 65th Alice in Dairyland on May 19th. Her duties begin in June during Dairy Month.
In this photo, Governor Tommy Thompson poses with Amy Fischer, Alice in Dairyland 1999.
via: Tommy G. Thompson Collection, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries