New Dairy Princess crowned in Tulare

Reagan Bosma of Tipton selected as District 9 Dairy Ambassador for California Milk Advisory Board

@TheSunGazette

TULARE – Reagan Bosma was selected as the 2019 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 9. The crowning took place before a crowd of 300 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Heritage Complex at the International Agri Center in Tulare.  

Retiring Dairy Princess Kaylee Faria turned the title over to Reagan and wished her success as she represents the California dairy industry throughout the coming year.

Reagan will represent District 9, which includes Inyo, Mono and Tulare counties. As Dairy Princess, she will play an important role on the CMAB’s Communications Services team in meeting community relations objectives.

Reagan is the daughter of Gary and Monica Bosma of Tipton. She is a senior at Central Valley Christian High School. At school, Reagan is active in FFA, and member of her soccer and volleyball teams. 

She has served as class president her freshman, sophomore and junior years and is a member of the 2018-19 Tulare County Farm Bureau Youth Leadership program. In addition, Reagan shows replacement heifers and is a member of the dairy products judging team. Reagan plans to attend a four-year university and become a nurse practitioner.

First Alternate, Madelyn Fernandes, is the daughter of Frank and Diane Fernandes of Tulare. She is a senior at Mission Oak High School and active in FFA. She serves as a chapter officer and shows dairy cattle at the Tulare County Fair. Madelyn is also a member of the California Holstein Association dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy teams where she competes at the national level through the National Holstein Association.

Madelyn will assist the new District 9 Dairy Princess in her duties, which include speaking on behalf of the California dairy industry at schools, service clubs, with the media, and at numerous public events throughout the year.

In addition, the Dairy Princess and her Alternate will attend a training session focused on presentation development, advocating for the California dairy industry, leadership and etiquette. 

Finally, the Tony S. Mendonca family of Tulare were selected as the 2019 Tulare County Dairy Family of the Year. The award was given to the Mendonca family for their years of contribution to the Tulare County dairy industry as well as their local community. This year’s program was a partnership between the Tulare County Dairywomen and Tulare Chamber of Commerce.

The Master of Ceremonies for the gala event was Tom Barcellos of Barcellos Farm and T-Bar Dairy. Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education and dairy background. Judges for the contest were Nisa Dufur of Lemoore, Katie Migliazzo of Hanford and Gilbert Teixeira of Turlock.  The District 9 Dairy Princess chairpersons were Kortnee Faria, Melissa Gomes and Amie Pitigliano. The Dairy Princess Contest was catered by Sue Sa’s Creative Catering.

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. Dairy products made with Real California Milk can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies that the products are made with milk produced on California dairy farms by California dairy farm families.

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,300 dairy families and is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. 

For more information and to connect with the CMAB, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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