Blair County Dairy Promotion Committee seeking candidates for Dairy Princess

The Blair County Dairy Promotion Committee is seeking individuals wishing to promote the Dairy Industry in Blair County. The committee is seeking candidates for Dairy Princess and individuals wishing to be Dairy Ambassadors, Dairy Maids, Dairy Miss and Future Farmers and Future Princesses.
Qualifications for Dairy Princess are as follows: candidates must be the daughter of a dairy farmer, or anyone whose livelihood is dependent on a dairy industry, such as a large animal vet, feed salesperson, dairy farm employee, nutritionist, DHIA employee, dairy store employee, etc., or if the individual is employed as one of the above.
Also, if the individual owns two or more dairy animals in a bona fide 4-H or FFA prior to May 1 of contest year or served the county for a full year as a Dairy Maid.
Individuals must also be a resident of Blair County, be at least 16 years of age by July 1 and will not reach age 24 by December 31, be single never married and have no children.
A scholarship is given to the Princess at the end of her reign if she reaches second incentive as outlined by the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Promotion Service. A pageant is scheduled for Friday, June 11, 2004 at DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton.
As the Blair County Dairy Princess, the individual will travel throughout the county promoting the Dairy Industry informing the public of the benefits of including dairy products in the diet. Individuals will also be invited to events in surrounding counties and in Harrisburg.
The individual’s parents will be amazed at the maturity and confidence their child gains during the reign as Dairy Princess. Individuals do not enter this year unprepared; individuals attend a five-day seminar at a local college where the individual will learn all about the duties of being a Dairy Princess.
A Princess Tea is scheduled for April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Dream in Hollidaysburg where the current Princess, Tracy Bigelow will speak on her reign.
Qualifications for Dairy Ambassador, Dairy Maids, Dairy Miss, Future Farmer and Future Princesses are: individuals must be the daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, niece or nephew of a dairy farmer or someone employed full-time in a dairy related industry. Individuals must have a sincere desire to promote dairy products and be a user of real dairy products and must be willing to learn about dairy products in order to become an informed promoter.
Future Farmers and Future Princesses are between the ages are four and eight; Dairy Miss are young ladies between the ages of nine and 11; Dairy Maids are young ladies between the ages of 12 and 16 and ambassadors are young men who are at least 12 years of age or a young adult female who does not wish to be Dairy Princess.
Dairy Maids, Dairy Misses and Ambassadors are required to attend a one-day mini-seminar. Some of the activities individuals will participate in throughout the year are: county pageant, Children’s Miracle Network – giant ice cream sundae, handing out ribbons at dairy shows, giant sundae at the Curve, parades and helping at the trailer at various times through the summer. Future Farmers and Future Princesses attend the pageant and Ag parade.
Interested individuals are asked to contact Mrs. Gerald (Jean) Sollenberger, Curryville 793-4446 or Mrs. William (Twila) Bigelow, Williamsburg 832-2993 by March 26.
If anyone wishes to attend the next meeting, it will be on March 9 at 7 p.m. at Hoss’s in Duncansville.