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  • 50th Herkimer Co. Dairy Princess Pageant is April 20

  • The Herkimer County Dairy Promotion Committee will celebrate its 50th annual Herkimer County Dairy Princess Pageant at Francesca’s Banquets and Catering in Ilion on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m.

    The annual event is a competition of young women between the ages of 15 to 24 vying for the title of Herkimer County Dairy Princess to represent the local dairy industry.

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  • The Herkimer County Dairy Promotion Committee will celebrate its 50th annual Herkimer County Dairy Princess Pageant at Francesca’s Banquets and Catering in Ilion on Saturday, April 20, at 6 p.m.
    The annual event is a competition of young women between the ages of 15 to 24 vying for the title of Herkimer County Dairy Princess to represent the local dairy industry.
    Competing for Dairy Princess this year is 16-year-old Victoria Treadwell, of Mohawk. Treadwell is the daughter of Alison and Bruce Treadwell. She is a junior at Mohawk Central School and has been involved with Cow Town Dairy Farms for several years.
    Also competing is 19-year old Rebecca Jenkins, of Newport. She is the daughter of Lynette and Adam Jenkins. Jenkins is a freshman at SUNYIT studying biology and she is employed at Bell Hill Farm in Newport owned by Steve and Dixie Barton.
    Tammy Graves, chairperson of Herkimer County Dairy Promotion and Herkimer County Dairy Princess Pageant coordinator, said one contestant will walk away with the title of Dairy Princess and the other will be known the title Dairy Princess alternate.
    “Both girls will become a team and promote the importance of dairy in their communities,” said Graves.
    This year the platform that pageant contestants will focus on is continuing to build the consumer connection with milk. The main message the princesses will be promoting is that milk is a clean and local food, said Graves.
    “Milk is antibiotic free by law, made up of 87 percent water and has nine essential nutrients all important for body health,” she said.
    Through the pageant, the Herkimer County Dairy Promotion Committee will announce the winners of the Herkimer County Dairy Promotion Scholarship and the Silver Cow Award.
    “The scholarship will be awarded to a dedicated individual that has spent a years being a spokesperson for dairy. Usually the scholarship is awarded to a past princess or alternate,” said Graves. “The Silver Cow Award is an award for a deserving business or farm that has promoted the connection between dairy farms and consumers.”
    Last year the Silver Cow Award winner was Dari-Del Farm, owned by the Manino family.
    For more information about dairy in Herkimer County, visit the Herkimer County Dairy Promotion Committee Facebook page or website at www.herkimercountydairypromotion.com.
    To contact the Herkimer County Dairy Princess, email hcdairyprincess@hotmail.com.
    For any other information regarding the Herkimer County Dairy Promotion Committee or Herkimer County Dairy Princess Pageant, call Graves at 858-0163.
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