Thursday, August 6, 2020

Introducing the 2017 Lady Butterfest and Festmaster

I was stunned - absolutely stunned - because there are so many people who do so much for this community."

Sparta’s biggest weekend of the year just got a little bit closer.

Last week, members of the Butterfest Committee chose two individuals to represent Sparta, not only throughout Butterfest weekend, but for an entire year – and for the rest of their lives.

Past Lady Butterfests nominated Amy Bernath, who has played a pivotal role in the creation and development of Sparta’s Kriskindlmarkt, to join them as the 12th member of their group.

“I was stunned - absolutely stunned - because there are so many people who do so much for this community,” she said.

Bernath’s counterpart is Sparta Police Department Chief of Police Dave Kuderer.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as Festmaster,” he said.

The pair, along with Miss Sparta royalty, will serve as the official festival ambassadors during Butterfest, June 8 through 11, and at other community celebrations throughout the region as well.

“You get to meet a lot of people and represent the Sparta community, so I’m just looking forward to meeting people and just getting out and around and promoting Sparta,” Kuderer said.

Kuderer grew up in the Wilton area, and started with the Sparta Police Department since 1980. He became the chief of police in January 2015 after serving as acting chief for six months. He has been a Boy Scout troop leader for 33 years, and during that time, has spent countless hours volunteering for local civic organizations.

Bernath, too, has been keeping busy while bettering the community.

Along with overseeing Kriskindlmarkt, she sits on the library board and the Mayo Health Foundation board, works the polls on election days, and is a member of the Coordinated Community Response Team, which helps victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

An Army brat, Bernath says she would sometimes spend years away from Wisconsin, but she always considered Sparta her hometown. She and her husband, Michael, agreed to settle in Sparta in 2008 after living in Germany for six years.

Along with promoting everything Sparta has to offer, Bernath says she is looking forward to becoming part of the Butterfest family.

“From what I understand, you form a really strong bond with the entire Sparta royalty,” she said. “And when the year is over, all the good work that the past Lady Butterfests do, I guess I’ll be part too.”

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