Natalie Vernon, the daughter of Casey and Dawn Vernon of Wayne County, was named the 2020-2021 New York State Dairy Princess on Tuesday. She will devote the next year as a dairy industry ambassador supporting ADA North East strategies with the goal of building consumer awareness and confidence in dairy farmers and dairy products.
Rachel Rouland, of Monroe County and daughter of Timothy and Kimberly Rouland, was selected as first alternate and second alternate was Erin Armitage, of Washington County, daughter of Kevin and Lee-Ann Armitage.
ADA North East manages the New York Dairy Princess program by hosting the pageant, providing trainings, and including the promoters in dairy campaigns and programs, among other activities during the year.
Twenty-two county dairy princesses competed for the title. Competition included a personal interview, answering impromptu questions, a prepared speech geared toward adults, a product knowledge exam, writing skills test, and informal interaction with others. The judges evaluated the contestants on their communications skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, poise and personality.
Pageant judges were: Tracy Smith, Warren County, N.J., Dairy Princess Coordinator & So-N-So Acres Farm; Mike Weimer, Classifier, Holstein Association USA; and Holly Pullis, Hollywood Enterprises & Roedale Farm.
Additionally, Heidi Kovalewski, Onondaga County Dairy Promotions chairperson, was presented with the Golden Cow award, given annually to recognize outstanding service and dedication to local dairy promotion in New York State.
Sponsored by ADANE, the 57th annual coronation completed the yearlong reign of Reegan Domagala of Lewis County.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing more than 10,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com or call our Main Office at 315-472-9143.