Tracy, Calif., February 10, 2017 – Each year, a special group of young women are selected to represent the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families who contribute to making California number one for milk production in the U.S. The 2017 contests will be held April through June. Districts select a winner and alternates based on judging criteria, such as knowledge of and enthusiasm for the industry. See below for application details and contest dates.
California Dairy Princesses serve as industry advocates in their home district and the state of California, building a favorable public image for milk and dairy products through appearances at industry and agricultural functions, school groups and in media interviews. Dairy Princesses and alternates participate in a orientation/training in July, in which they receive professional development coaching.
The California Dairy Princess Program has been in effect for many years and is sponsored by California dairy producers through the California Milk Advisory Board. Application forms can be obtained online at www.californiadairypressroom.com/ca-dairy-princesses. Questions can be directed to the CMAB office at [email protected] or 209.690.8240. For more information on becoming a California Dairy Princess, click here.
The 2017-2018 California Dairy Princess application deadlines and contest dates:
Dairy Princess Program – 2017 Contest Dates
District Application Deadline Contest Date Location
District 1 Thursday, March 23 Friday, May 12 Fortuna
District 3 Friday, March 3 Saturday, April 8 Petaluma
District 4 No contest in 2017
District 5 Thursday, April 20 Wednesday, June 7 Manteca
District 6 Friday, May 12 Thursday, June 15 Turlock
District 7 Friday, April 14 Friday, June 30 Hanford
District 8 Thursday, March 16 Friday, April 28 Fresno
District 9 Thursday, April 20 Friday, June 9 Tulare
California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products made with Real California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk or Real California Cheese seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.
(©Stephanie Baker Photography, Turlock, CA. 2016 California Dairy Princesses and Alternates.)