Board & Staff Members
For over 12 years, Ann worked in various communications and marketing roles for Alltech and Kuhn North America. She grew up on her family's dairy and seed farm in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin and currently works with her husband and his family on their dairy near Mayville.
For more than a decade, she was employed by World Dairy Expo. Most recently, she developed a full retail store and marketing materials for Chrome Six Nine and Matzke Diesel. Matzke grew up on a dairy farm near Monroe and participated in numerous Wisconsin State Fair activities as a youth exhibitor.
I have spent MANY years supervising Dairy Lane. It always amazes me all the questions people ask about dairy farming and dairy products. Those conversations are why I do this.
The State Fair is always an exciting time at Cozy Nook. We like sharing our love for cows and the dairy industry with thousands of fair goers. The questions are amazing and the smiles of children (and adults) petting the calves is priceless!
I love the opportunities provided to be able to tell the story of Wisconsin's dairy industry.
My favorite memory of being on the board is looking back to see the changes the board has made over the past 13 years, which I have been involved in. The evolution of Dairy Lane, the Youth Celebration, and Dairy Products Contest.
Serving with like-minded, caring people who are passionate about dairy promotion makes involvement on the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board so much fun.
We work hard but always try to have some fun in the process. Volunteering in the Real Wisconsin Cheese Grill is always a good time.
My favorite memory is the dairy products auction - it's always a blast. I love seeing processors being awarded for their work and seeing the wonderful dairy products they make being promoted. Plus, it's great bonding time with board members and other industry professionals!
I love talking to state fair-goers about dairy calves, heifers and cows, dairy goats and dairy foods.
My favorite memory was seeing Dairy Lane for the first time!
It is such a joy to educate fair-goers about dairy goats during the milking demonstrations held during the Wisconsin State Fair. It is so fun to answer questions and give fair-goers the opportunity to be hands-on with dairy goats! Providing them with accurate information and encouraging them to try dairy goat products are my goals during this interactive event. Sharing my passion for these animals is the best part of the fair for me.
One of my favorite projects to be a part of was the creation of the Wisconsin State Fair cheese. The product is a great example of dairy processing in Wisconsin - it shows the hard work of the cows, farmers, cheesemakers, and retailers.
My favorite memory is watching the humble and passionate dairy manufacturers receive their awards.
I enjoy working the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese Contest because it is kind of an extension of what I have doing in the dairy industry all of my life. I started out as a judge for the contest in the 1990’s. When I was asked to become the head judge it was truly an honor. I am very lucky to work with such good people throughout the dairy industry as well as the Wisconsin State Fair Board.
My favorite part of this board is the people. My fellow board members share the same passion for the dairy industry, and for helping dairy youth as I do and are all so full of life and laughter. It's truly the people that make this board what it is.
I cherish my time on the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion board, as we share the importance and impact of Wisconsin Dairy across this great state from the cheese contest to the numerous events/activities that the board brings to life during the best days of summer at the Wisconsin State Fair. The board works diligently to bring an experience that showcases Wisconsin dairy to all those who attend the fair.
The ribbon cutting at Dairy Lane will always be a great memory! Watching this huge project come to life after years of planning and looking for a way to have the House of Moo revamped. Also helping with the dairy products contest has been a "can't miss" event, as I always learn something new and I have the chance to work with fellow board members.