Dairy Princess candidates sought

The Midwest American Dairy Association of Carver County is seeking candidates for its 2013 Carver County Dairy Princess competition. The competition will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Carver County Extension Office in Cologne, with Coronation later that evening as a Carver County Dairy Princess at the 61st Annual Carver County Dairy Day Dinner at the New Germany Community Hall.

Dairy Princesses serve as goodwill ambassadors for the dairy industry. Throughout their reign they take part in dairy promotions, media interviews, classroom presentations, parades, and other public appearances to promote the dairy industry and its products.

A candidate must be a high school senior about to graduate or already be a graduate, unmarried, childless, and not yet 24 years old as of July 1, 2013. Her Carver County farm must be actively engaged in the production of milk for sale to a licensed plant contributing to the dairy promotion checkoff. A candidate also qualifies if she, or either of her parents, are employed on a dairy farm in a dairy-related capacity. That farm must also contribute to the dairy promotion checkoff program.

County dairy princesses are eligible to attend a statewide training seminar to be held May 17-19, 2013, and may apply to be a finalist for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Twelve finalists will be selected to compete for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way 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.

There will be a dairy princess informational/ registration meeting for all who are interested, on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at the Carver County Extension Office, Hwy 212 W., Cologne. Information discussed will be about the duties of a dairy princess, rules, and procedures of the county and state princess competitions. Potential candidates and/or parents will have the opportunity to ask questions. Candidate entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2013.

For more information or questions, contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476 or bar_gri@frontiernet.net.

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