Fairest of the Fair Applications

Serving as Fairest is a wonderful and extremely rewarding experience. The contestant chosen as Oconto County Fairest of the Fair will not only serve as hostess of the 2016 Fair, but will also work with the Fair Board and the Junior Fairest of the Fair to promote the fair throughout the year by attending various community events.

The contest will be held on Saturday, April 9th at the Gillett High School. The day will begin with individual interviews, lunch with the judges; group interviews, a reception open to friends, family, and sponsors, and will conclude with judging and questions on stage, also open to the public. The contest is open to legal residents of Oconto County who have been a resident for at least one year or are from a neighboring county and the majority of their school and fair activities are performed in Oconto County.

Please see Ms. Claflin or the applications below for more information.

Junior Fairest Application 2016

Fairest application 2016

Weigh-In Dates

Mark your calendars…

The Beef Project Weigh-in for 2016 County Fair will be Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Oconto County Fairgrounds in Gillett from10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  If in case of inclement weather on March 19, weigh-in will be held on Sunday, March 20 at the Oconto County Fairgrounds in Gillett from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.


The Swine/Sheep/Goat Projects Weigh-in for 2016 County Fair will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Oconto County Fairgrounds in Gillett from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Oconto County Fair Youth Livestock Meeting


Oconto County Fair Youth Livestock Project committee members and all junior fair beef, swine, and sheep project members/families are invited to meet Monday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gillett Public Library meeting room. (Meeting room is in the former BMO Bank building next to the library.)  The purpose of the meeting is to gather input from exhibitor families in these three departments in preparation for developing a two-year premium book for the 2016 and 2017 fairs.  Input is invited on exhibit classes to add, change, or delete, general and department rules and requirements.  Input received will be considered by the fair board, which must approve changes.  If unable to participate in this meeting, suggestions can be forwarded before January 25 to Ken Harter at kharter@plbb.us or mailed to him at Oconto County Fair, PO Box 6, Oconto Falls, WI 54154.  The schedule and preliminary planning for the Performance Project weigh-on will be set at this time.  For further questions on this meeting, please contact Ken Harter (920)-846-2046.


For students who are planning on showing animals at the fair and need to attend a MAQA training: Just a reminder a MAQA session will be held this Saturday, January 9th at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls starting at 8am.  Seating is limited and you should reserve your spot if you are planning to attend. Please see Ms. Claflin for more details.

Gillett FFA Members Amplify Skills at National FFA Convention

Hanna B., Logan D. and Jacob T., Gillett FFA members attended the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-31, 2015.

“Amplify” is the theme for this year’s convention and expo. “With the opportunities we are given in our lives, we must take action and share the message of agriculture with others,” said 2015-16 National FFA President Andy Paul, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Georgia. “It’s time we all amplify our voice when it comes to the message of agriculture, and boost our impact.”

Students attended general sessions with keynote speaker Rick Rigsby during the opening sessions on Oct. 28. On Friday morning, past state FFA officer Amberley Snyder will share her message with FFA members on how she overcame adversity. They engaged with more than 450 corporations, organizations and colleges at the expo.

Jacob T., served as one of 475 delegates at convention after being selected by the Wisconsin Association of FFA in June. He served on the committee for Enhancing Leadership Development Opportunities for All Members that made recommendations for the National FFA Board of Directors.

Gillett FFA advisor, Kellie Claflin, served as a panelist for the Teach Ag workshop, one of 70 leadership workshops available for members, that encouraged FFA members to become agricultural educators.

FFA members toured industry destinations, including Miller Park to learn about turfgrass and landscaping, Corvette assembly plant and museum, Mammoth Cave National Park and Ozark Fish Hatchery to learn more about agriculture.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Livestock MAQA Requirements

In order to align with the state standards, the Oconto County Fair Board has decided the following species exhibitors must attend MAQA (Meat Animal Quality Assurance) training dairy, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry in addition to beef, sheep, swine and meat goats in order to be eligible to sell in the 2016 Sale of Champions.

The MAQA trainings scheduled for this year:

Saturday, January 9—Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 8:00 – 9:30 am
Thursday, March 24—Pound Town Hall, Coleman 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, April 30—Washington Middle School, Oconto Falls 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Registration for these trainings is requested at least two weeks prior to the event date. You can register by calling the Oconto County UW-Extension Office (920) 834-6845.

The Pulaski FFA Chapter is hosting one MAQA training: Tuesday, June 21- Pulaski High School Ag Room, Pulaski 6:00 pm Registration for this training is required by June 8, 2016. It is preferred if you register for this event via email at kmsanty@pulaskischools.org, or you may call (920) 737-6893.

Please see letter from Sarah Mills-Lloyd, Oconto County Extension Agent

MAQA Trainings

Gillett FFA Members Attend Parliamentary Procedure Workshop

Kalea B. and Logan D. attended a FFA Parliamentary Procedure Workshop in Shawano on November 10 presented by the UW-River Falls Agricultural Education Society. They learned about different types of motions and other techniques to properly run a meeting. “It actually showed me how to run a meeting and become a better participant,” said Logan.

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FFA will have a middle school only meeting on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:35 in the ag room to discuss upcoming events. There will be treats! All middle schoolers are welcome!

High school ag students and FFA members! See Miss Claflin to find out more about the upcoming 212 and 360 leadership conferences, November 13-14. Cost is $75 and down payment of $25 and permission slips are due to Miss C on Thursday, October 22 at the beginning of the day.

Gillett Ag Students Attend Ag Career Day

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Ten Gillett students attended the Fox Valley Technical College Ag Career Day in Appleton on October 13, 2015. Students attended hands-on workshops in agronomy, ag power technology, dairy, horticulture outdoor power technology, and precision agriculture. This event allowed students to explore post-secondary options in agriculture and learn more about current industry trends.

During the dairy session focusing on nutrition, students were able to use a $7,000 machine that calculates moisture in feed. During the horticulture session, they learned about plant propagation and were able to take their own cuttings. The ag power equipment session allowed them to talk one-on-one with currents students and learn about opportunities with engines, electricity and hydraulics.