(©Stephanie Baker Photography, Turlock, CA. 2016 California Dairy Princesses and Alternates.)

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  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.)

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