Emma Borba of Escalon was selected as the 2016 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 5. The crowning took place before a crowd of approximately 50 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Wednesday, June 1 at Chez Shari in Manteca.
Retiring Dairy Princess Spencer Borba ended her reign by turning over the title to Emma, and wished her well as she represents the California dairy industry throughout the coming year.
Emma will represent District 5, which includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties. As Dairy Princess, she will play an important role on the CMAB’s Communications Services team in meeting community relations objectives.
The daughter of Clarence and Marian Borba, Emma is a 2016 graduate from Escalon High School and will attend California State University, Stanislaus in the fall to study nursing. She spent the past year serving as the alternate for District 5 so she will have an opportunity to expand on her activities as an ambassador to the dairy industry.
First Alternate, Sarah Weststeyn, is the daughter of Bert and Cheryl Weststeyn of Linden. She attends Modesto Junior College and is majoring in Dairy Science and Ag Business, she is also an employee at BWC Weststeyn Dairy.
Sarah will assist the new District 5 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 First Alternate will attend a training session, including presentation skills, a CMAB orientation, and a tour of a processing facility.
Both of the young ladies each received a scholarship for being selected as Dairy Princess and First Alternate Dairy Princess.
The Master of Ceremonies for the gala event was Frank Borba of Escalon. Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education and dairy background. Judges for the contest were Matt Alvernaz of Livingston, Lucy Areias of Fresno and Lori Marchy of Petaluma. The event chairpersons were Sue Quaresma of Manteca and Kerri Visser of Ripon. The Dairy Princess Contest was catered by Chez Shari of Manteca.
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 or Cheese seals, which certify that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,400 dairy families. With headquarters in Tracy, the CMAB is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese, throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information and to connect with the CMAB through social media, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, like at Facebook, view videos at YouTube, follow at Twitter and Instagram, and pin at Pinterest.