Dairy Producers Begin Search for Royalty

The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 7 Dairy Princess crown.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 7 (Kings County) as a spokeswoman, and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades and with the media. The newly selected princess will also participate in a week of training that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette training.

Contestants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be at least a junior in high school up to 21 years of age by contest date; 2) Be unmarried; and 3) Family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or have a dairy-related background. Applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The application deadline is Monday, April 14.

The District 7 contest is sponsored by the District 7 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The gala event will be held Friday, June 27, at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St., Hanford. The evening begins at 6pm with a social hour and is followed by the contest and dinner at 7pm.

Current Dairy Princess Mary Barcellos II of Hanford will relinquish her crown to the winner, who will represent the dairy industry in Kings County. Scholarships will be awarded.

Application forms may be obtained from District 7 Dairy Princess Chairperson, Carolina Evangelo, at (209) 777-8995 or [email protected], the CMAB office at (209) 525-6875 or they may be accessed online at www.RealCaliforniaMilk.com/about/dairy-princesses.

California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. Dairy products made with Real California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese, which is available nationally under the Real California Cheese seal.

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