Celebrating 50 years this year
|Vying for the title of New York State Dairy Princess are these county dairy princesses. All names are left to right. Row 1: Emalee Becraft, Molly Pokrzywka, Taylor Mead, Gabby Domagala, Breana Scribner. Row 2: Alan Brandon, Jessica Hadlock, Allison Fobare, Meghan Rohe, Ashley Oeser, Hannah Baker, Claudia Hauslauer. Row 3: Emily Calkins, Courtney Luskin, Kaylee Eaton, Kristia Otey, Jenna McKenna. Row 4: Norene Meyer, Laurie Bradt, Samantha Holbert, Katrina Nickerson, Magdelene Richmond, Miquela Hanselman, Hannah Douglas, Amanda Gokey. The New York State Dairy Princess Pageant will take place on Tuesday, February 20, in Liverpool N.Y. The program celebrates 50 years this year.|
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Fifty years ago, in 1963, Nancy Harrington-Hicks of Cortland County became the first New York State Dairy Princess. Back then, the state princess crowning was followed by two weeks of training at Elizabeth Brown’s School for Modeling and Charm.
Today, New York State Dairy Princess contestants prepare for their pageant by practicing public speaking, studying dairy product knowledge and honing writing skills.
On February 20th, county dairy princesses from throughout the Empire State will vie for the title of New York State Dairy Princess. The new title holders will spend the next year promoting dairy throughout New York, as well as help in the training of the new county princesses next spring.
“These young spokeswomen have really worked hard promoting dairy products and the industry, since being crowned last spring,” states Melissa Osgood, corporate communications specialist with American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc.—official sponsor of the dairy princess program. “It is going to be amazing to see how they have grown and matured with the program since our training seminar in July.”
The contestants are evaluated on their communication skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, along with poise and personality, throughout the two-day competition. They will also be tested on their skills and knowledge in a personal interview, a prepared adult speech, a product knowledge exam, and a writing skills test.
“We, as an industry, need to be more proactive about reaching out to consumers with correct, positive information. I am thankful my state royalty role gave me a platform to start this education process”, commented outgoing New York State Dairy Princess Emma Andrew of Newark, N.Y.
Also in the outgoing court are second Alternate Dairy Princess Haley Groat of Walton and first Alternate Alex Ormond of Kennedy.
Anyone who would like to attend the pageant at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, please contact American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc. at 315-472-9143. Tickets are $25 and include dinner, featuring filet mignon, chicken cordon bleu, potato, vegetable, cheesecake and milk.