Dairy Princess orientation set

Rachel Jenck, current Tillamook County Dairy Princess-Ambassador.

Competing for a tiara and sash will come with an added bonus this year for all girls and women vying for the title of Tillamook County Dairy Princess-Ambassador – a scholarship.
Tillamook County Dairy Women will award $500 scholarships to all qualifying countywide candidates for Dairy Princess. To qualify, participants must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and have some tie to the dairy industry at any level.
“And that’s new this year,” Dairy Woman Kristin Killgore said, “We’re hoping it will get more interest in the program – and we have a scholarship account that’s only marked for scholarship money. The Dairy Women felt better about offering it to kids who had an interest in the dairy industry.”
Prospective princesses may have lived or worked on a dairy farm or processing facility, is the daughter of any person employed on an operating farm or processing facility (for example, a milk truck driver or an employee of the Tillamook County Creamery Association) or is a 4-H or FFA member with a dairy cattle project.
Any interested candidate is invited to attend orientation for the program. It is set for 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 24 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 602 Laurel Ave. in Tillamook. Interested girls and women are asked to bring a parent or guardian. Appropriate attire for orientation is slacks or a nice dress due to photos being taken – so the Dairy Women is asking jeans to be put out to pasture.
Organizers remind candidates attending orientation does not commit anyone to competing in the 2018 contest and is aimed to offer information on the program and make attendees more comfortable.
“And orientation is open to girls whether they qualify now or not,” Killgore said, adding Dairy Women hope to grow the program and generate interest in girls at a younger age to prepare them for when they qualify to run.
The winner of the Dairy Princess-Ambassador contest will serve a year representing Tillamook County’s dairy industry, will receive their own scholarships and also compete for the title of Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador next year.
“I think the Dairy Princess program is a wonderful program to build your confidence and skills you’ll use throughout your lifetime,” Killgore said, “And it’s great the contacts you may meet along your journey and the friendships throughout the state you make as you work with the other county dairy princesses throughout the year.”
Dairy Princess-Ambassador orientation is 3 p.m. Saturday Feb. 24 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 602 Laurel Ave. in Tillamook. All qualifying candidates will receive a $500 scholarship from the Dairy Women. For more information, contact Kristin Killgore at 503-812-8991 by Feb. 23 to RSVP.

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