Baraboo’s Big Top Parade names celebrity judges

July 6, 2018
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Baraboo’s Big Top Parade organizers have announced a panel of celebrity judges who will judge this year’s parade entries.

The group includes Tianna Vanderhei, 2018 Miss Wisconsin; Miriah Haberman, a host of “Discover Wisconsin”; and Ben Bromley, a journalist and humor columnist for the Baraboo News Republic.

“We are so proud to welcome our celebrities to Baraboo and the Big Top Parade” said Nanci Caflisch, co-chairwoman of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce parade planning committee. “Our celebrities add a dash of fun and frivolity to our event and I cannot wait to meet and welcome them to the excitement of the Big Top Parade when they arrive on (July 21).”

Baraboo’s Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration will take place July 19-21. The event will feature concerts, children’s activities, carnival games, food vendors and live performances. In past years the Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration has drawn as many as 30,000 parade spectators to downtown Baraboo and generated an estimated $2.5 million economic impact for the community, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will take place at 11 a.m. July 21. In addition to the celebrity judges, the procession will include more than 75 traditional circus parade units and circus-themed entries created by community groups and businesses.

The celebrity judges will award parade participants for commercial and non-commercial entries, along with a grand prize. Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bobbie Boettcher said the parade planning committee looks for judges who will add fun and flair to the event.

Vanderhei is a Wisconsin Rapids native who was crowned Miss Wisconsin in June. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has worked as a multi-media journalist and fill-in news anchor for WXOW News 19 in La Crosse. She also is a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Haberman is the director of brand development and one of the hosts of Discover Wisconsin, the state’s longest-running tourism TV show. She travels the state to bring different parts of Wisconsin to viewers across the Midwest every week, and earned a 2017 Emmy Award nomination.

Bromley is a journalist and writer for the Baraboo News Republic who has been named Wisconsin’s top small-town daily newspaper columnist five times. He also helped found the Creative Alliance of Baraboo Theatre, and plays an integral role in its CABin Fever fundraisers, its productions of locally written short plays and its Christmas CABaret concerts. Bromley also is active is several community organizations and is a past president of the Baraboo Kiwanis Club.

“We like to get fun people who are into having a good time,” Boettcher said. “I’m looking forward to showing the new judges how awesome Baraboo is.”

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