Phelps Maple Syrup Fest is excited to again be welcoming Alice In Dairyland to the popular event on April 6th at the Phelps School.
Alice in Dairyland is a one-year, full-time public relations professional employed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WI DATCP). Each year, Alice in Dairyland travels more than 40,000 miles throughout the state, promoting Wisconsin agriculture to various audiences.
Kaitlyn Riley, Gays Mills, learned first-hand the passion and work ethic of Wisconsin farmers growing up on her family’s registered Jersey dairy farm. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat.
After graduating with honors in May, 2014 Riley served as the 48th Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. Professionally, she worked as the farm news director at WPRE-WQPC Radio in Prairie du Chien and as a multimedia journalist with WQOW News 18 in Eau Claire. In May, 2017 she returned to the family farm to manage calf and heifer care. She continued sharing the stories of agriculture by freelance writing for Hoard’s Dairyman, and she volunteers with agricultural organizations such as the Crawford County Dairy Promoters, Crawford County Livestock Camp Committee, and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.
“As Alice in Dairyland, I will give a positive voice to Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture industry,” said Riley. “Through my travels, I will learn from the many faces of agriculture to better educate urban and rural audiences about the importance of Wisconsin food, fuel and fiber production in our daily lives.”
Phelps Maple Syrup Fest will take place from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, April 6th. Activities will include a maple syrup judging contest that Alice in Dairyland will help to judge, tree-tapping demonstrations, educational classes, sugar bush tours, an arts and crafts fair, a Maple Café and much more.