Dairy producers begin search for royalty

The Sun-Gazette

Current District 9 Dairy Princess Shae Greidanus from Visalia is relinquishing her crown, giving it to the next in line for 2021

Shae Greidanus
Dairy Princess 2020
District 9

TRACY, CALIF. – The District 9 dairy princess crown is officially up for grabs, and the local dairy industry is currently taking applications for who will wear it next.

According to a press release from the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) the winner will represent the dairy industry in District 9 as a spokesperson and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances with various audiences. The newly selected Dairy Princess and alternates will participate in a mandatory professional development and educational training July 6, 7 and 8.

Contestants must be 16 years old by the date of the contest and can be up to 21 years of age by the contest date and be unmarried. Contestants can qualify to be a candidate by fulfilling the requirements of at least one of the following:

  • Have resided on a dairy farm at some time during her life (does not have to currently reside on a dairy;
  • Be the daughter, granddaughter or ward of a person presently employed full-time as an owner or employee of a dairy processing plant or dairy distributor in California;
  • Be the daughter, granddaughter or ward of a person employed full-time on an operating dairy farm in California;
  • Be currently employed, or the daughter, granddaughter or ward of any person employed in a dairy-related industry, such as veterinarian; milk tank driver, grain, or hay truck driver; milk inspector; grain supplier; hay dealer; or raise dairy replacement heifers; or
  • Currently or have been a member of the 4-H or FFA programs that participate in dairy-related projects, i.e., raise and show dairy cattle, dairy product judging or dairy cattle judging.

The contest is sponsored by the District 9 Dairy Princess Committee and the CMAB. District 9 Dairy Princess Shae Greidanus of Visalia will relinquish her crown to the winner who will represent the dairy industry in Tulare County during the 2021-2022 program year. Scholarships will be awarded. Questions regarding the program and contest can be directed to committee chair, Melissa Gomes, at [email protected] or 559-967-3923, online at www.californiadairypressroom.com/ca-dairy-princesses, or by contacting CMAB Dairy Princess coordinator, Tiffany Nielsen, at [email protected] The deadline is April 23, 2021.

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

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