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Wanted: dairy farmers' daughters

Wadena County is seeking contestants to serve as goodwill ambassadors to represent the hardworking and dedicated farmers in the area. Dairy princesses serve as spokespeople to consumers; conducting media interviews, making classroom visits to educate students about the dairy industry, giving speeches to various organizations and making public appearances at promotions or events. They are selected on the basis of their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and its products, and their commitment to dairy promotion. The program gives many young women the opportunity to represent the lifestyle in which they were raised.

County dairy princesses are daughters of dairy farmers, employees of dairy farms, or daughters of dairy farm employees. They must be graduating seniors in high school when crowned, and not yet 24 years old, and they must not be married. Junior ambassador contestants must be between ages 14-16 with dairy knowledge, leadership potential, and a willingness to learn. Both will represent the dairy industry throughout the county for the next year, and the senior contestants have the opportunity to compete at the state level for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist in May.

Organizers will hold an informational meeting between all interested contestants and county board members at a later date. To sign up for the meeting or just to learn more, please contact Becky Iken at (218) 371-6990 or Bruce Richter at (218) 631-3470.