Dairy Princess candidates sought


The Winona County American Dairy Association is seeking candidates to participate in this year’s dairy princess program. The Dairy Princess and her attendants serve as goodwill ambassadors for Minnesota’s dairy industry. Throughout their reign, they have the opportunity to make numerous public and media appearances on behalf of their local dairy association and the state’s dairy producers. The dairy princess program is a well established visible public relations program for the dairy industry. 

A candidate must be a high school graduate by July, 2015, and not yet 21 years old. Either the candidate, the candidate’s parents or guardians must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant. The candidate also qualifies if she, her parents or guardians are employed on a dairy farm. The dairy farm, must participate in the Minnesota dairy promotion checkoff. The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. 

Although a dairy background is a requirement for dairy princess candidates, consumers are the ultimate audience of the princess program. While knowing one’s herd average is important to a producer, the information has little impact on general consumers. Therefore, contestants are judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry.

The princess contest will be held on Saturday, March 28, at the Winona Middle School. A county princess and attendants will be crowned. Those crowned will be eligible to attend a statewide promotional training seminar and may apply to be considered as a finalist for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title.

For questions or for an application form contact Stacy Shones at 507-421-4873 or email stacyshones@yahoo.com). The deadline to apply is February 2.


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