The Winona County American Dairy Association is seeking candidates to participate in this year's dairy princess program. Dairy princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry, and throughout the year have opportunities to take part in media interviews, classroom presentations, dairy promotions, parades and other public appearances to promote the dairy industry and its products. The princess contest will be held on Saturday, March 31, at the Winona Middle School.
A candidate must be a high school graduate by July 1 2007, and not yet 24 years old. Either you, your parents or guardians must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant at some time during the current year. You also qualify if either you, your parents or guardians are employed on a dairy farm in a dairy-related capacity. That employment must meet the criteria established on the current Affidavit of Eligibility supplied by Midwest Dairy Association or your county board. Your farm, through which you qualify, must participate in the Minnesota dairy promotion checkoff. You must be a U.S. citizen. You still qualify if a brother or sister has taken over the farm. You must maintain your interest in the operation of the farm. If you have been away from home to work or attend school, you may be a contestant. If either you, your parents or guardians are owners/operators of a dairy farm, you must enter the contest of the county in which either your farm or home is located, but you must choose only one county. If you, your parents or guardians are employed on a dairy farm, you must enter the contest in the county in which your home is located.
County dairy princesses are eligible to attend a statewide promotional training seminar to be held this spring and may apply to be considered as a finalist for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Twelve finalists will be selected to compete for the Princess Kay title in August.
At all levels of competition, contestants are judged on their communication skills, personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry. For an application form contact Stacy Brogan at 507-421-4873 (firstname.lastname@example.org). An information meeting will be held at the Lewiston bowling alley on February 18, at 1 p.m. Interested persons are encouraged to attend.