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Alice in Dairyland coming to Flat Pennies

BAY CITY -- Ashley Huibregtse, Wisconsin's Alice in Dairyland, will visit Flat Pennies Ice Cream from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, in Bay City.

Alice in Dairyland serves as the agricultural ambassador for Wisconsin. As Alice, Huibregtse will travel nearly 40,000 miles throughout the state and surrounding areas promoting Wisconsin's agricultural industry and its impact on the state economy. The position is a one-year contract with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Huibregtse, the 61st Alice in Dairyland, grew up in Plymouth on her family's dairy farm and was very active in Sheboygan County 4-H and the Plymouth FFA Chapter. She earned her degree from UW-Madison in Elementary Education and Communications.

She previously worked as an event coordinator for First Lady Doyle, organized the annual Governor's Egg Hunt and served as a Cowstodian with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Cow Parade.

Additionally, she was involved with the Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) and Badger Dairy Club (BDC). Huibregtse honed her communication skills at the 2005 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair and as Madison Homecoming Court Representative.

Huibregtse will spend most of her time at Flat Pennies mingling with guests and serving ice cream, according to owner Jim Ross. She will also give a speech on the value of farming to area 4-Hers. All are invited, Ross added. Besides Alice's visit, Ross said the Phantoms Car Club will be there to show off some of their old cars.