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Dairy Producers Begin Search For New Royalty
This group photo shows all of the 2019 California Dairy Princesses, selected in contests around the state, representing several different districts as they work to promote the state’s dairy industry. Applicants are being sought now for the District 5 Dairy Princess contest that is scheduled in early June. Photo Contributed

The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 5 Dairy Princess crown.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 5 as a spokesperson and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades, and with the media. The newly selected Dairy Princess and alternate will participate in a mandatory training, July 7 through 10, 2020, in which they will receive professional development coaching.

Contestants must meet the following requirements: Must be a junior in high school during the current academic school year and not over 21 years of age by contest date; be unmarried; and the contestant’s family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or show dairy cattle for a 4-H/FFA organization.

More detailed information about qualifications can be found on the application, which is available at Applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The application deadline is Thursday, April 16, 2020.

The contest is sponsored by the District 5 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The contest will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Chez Shari in Manteca. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and is followed by the contest and dinner at 7 p.m.

The future District 5 Dairy Princess will represent the dairy industry in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties during the 2020-2021 program year. Scholarships will also be awarded.

Application forms may be accessed online Questions regarding the application can be directed to District 5 Dairy Princess Co-Chairpersons Kerri Visser, or 209-765-4384, Anastasia Stuyt, or 209-918-5680 or Tiffany Nielsen, Dairy Princess Coordinator, at or (559) 280-9859.

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 they are made exclusively 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 dairy families and is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. With a mission to increase demand for products made with Real California Milk, the CMAB is celebrating 50 years of promoting California’s sustainable dairy products in the state, across the U.S. and around the world through advertising, public relations, research, and retail and foodservice promotional programs. For more information and to connect with the CMAB, visit, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.