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District 5 Search Begins For New Dairy Princess
Shown, current District 5 Dairy Princess Spencer Borba of Escalon, who will soon turn her crown over to her successor. Photo Courtesy Stephanie Baker Photography


The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 5 (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties) Dairy Princess crown.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 5 as a spokeswoman 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 princess will also participate in a week of training that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette training.

Contestants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be at 17 years old by Sept. 1 of the contest year and not over 21 years of age by contest date; 2) Be unmarried; and 3) Family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or have a dairy-related background. Applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible. More detailed qualifications can be found on the application, which is available at The application deadline is Thursday, April 21.

The District 5 contest is sponsored by the District 5 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The event will be held Wednesday, June 1 at Chez Sheri 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.

Current Dairy Princess Spencer Borba of Escalon will relinquish her crown to the winner, who will represent the dairy industry in the eight District 5 counties. Scholarships will also be awarded.

Application forms may be accessed online at For more information, contact Kerri Visser at 209-765-4384 or the CMAB office, or 209-484-0690.

California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter, ice cream, yogurt and nonfat dry milk than any other state. Dairy products made with Real California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese, which is available nationally under the Real California Cheese seal.

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 South San Francisco and Modesto, 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.