Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Adventures of a Dairy Princess

I wanted to be a Dairy Princess ever since I first saw them handing out ribbons at the county fair. The sparkly crown was a major draw, but it looked like a fun experience. In Washington, the rules require contestants to be atleast 17 years old, so it required many years of waiting before it was my turn to run for the crown. It became so much more than a tiara. It was an opportunity to share my love for dairy cows and the benefits of dairy foods with the community. Since our counties are more urban than most, we had a unique opportunity to reach these people and answer their questions about dairy.

Being crowned as Dairy Princess at the coronation. This was definitely an OMG!!! moment that I didn't see coming, but I'm so glad it did.

Picture time with the other can never have too many pictures.

Handing out awards at the Pierce County Fair. It was even better to hand them to my friends and the folks I grew up showing cows with, like Tony here.

Princesses down on the field before awards at the WIAA state football championships. 
These gals are awesome!

School presentations. Talking about dairy farming and dairy products. These were fun and the questions were even better. "If you are a princess, do you live in a palace?" "Yes, a dairy palace!"

Public outreach activity in Seattle with the rest of the princesses (and little princesses).

The end of my reign (so sad!) and the night I handed the title over to the next dairy princess, my friend Marie.

Not a princess picture, but I couldn't post this without a photo of my biggest fan, my grandpa! He never missed a cow show and was in the front row during my June dairy month presentation at the senior center in town and at numerous other events. 
He's my favorite! 

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