A farewell speech was given by Schuylkill County’s 2014 Dairy Princess, Hannah Miller of Tamaqua’s Little Rush Farm. Hannah thanked her court of young ladies, and family, for their support over this past year. She promised her father that the boxes of Fair Promotion material that were laying around the house in strategic places will finally disappear as her reign comes to an end. Hannah related that her most difficult task in promoting the dairy industry to the general public over the past year came when she spoke with a vegan about the nutritional value of milk in one’s daily diet. Hannah also thanked that small group of dedicated farmers from Schuylkill County that provide that milk supply.
Hannah Miller, 2014 Dairy Princess was recognized at the banquet by the State Dairy Promotion Committee for her hard work promoting the Dairy Industry by receiving “Promoter of the Month” for the summer months of 2014.
Also Recognized for her outstanding work as a promoter of the dairy industry was Schuylkill County’s 2013 Dairy Princess Maddie Daubert. She was the recipient of the Tina M. Schultz Award. This award is given to the County Dairy Princess that worked the hardest to promote both the industry in the county and at the state level. The award scholarship was established by friends and family of Tina M. Schultz who was a County Dairy Princess and during her reign lost her battle to cancer.
The 2014 PA Dairy Princess, Ashley Mohn of Berks County attended the banquet and spoke briefly about the Dairy Industry and her reign as State Dairy Princess. Ashley is looking forward to showing her dairy animals at the 2015 Schuylkill County Fair. She was unable to do so last year because of her obligations as the PA Dairy Princess. Ashley will once again be found in the dairy barns on the Fairgrounds like she has done in the past pursuing her passion as a leader and promoter of the Diary Industry.
The 2015 Dairy Promotion Team for Schuylkill County was introduced. Serving as Dairy Ambassadors, Schuylkill County will be served by Grace Daubert of Windmill Farms, Pine Grove. It is interesting to note that Grace likes to raise Red and White Holsteins and Jersey cows on one of the State Premier Brown Swiss Farms. Jill Heffner, Jersey Acers Farm of Pine Grove is an active member of 4-H and attends school in the Blue Mt School District. Don’t know too many Dairy Farmers, who tolerate horses as Jill is involved with riding horses. Allison Miller of Miller and Rex Farms can be found in the Andreas area of Schuylkill County. Allison is an active member of her church, school and West Penn 4-H Club. Kristen Schrader leases her dairy animals from a local dairy operation in New Ringgold. Kristen’s love and respect for the Dairy Industry has lead her down this path. Kristen is a culinary arts student at Schuylkill Voc-Tec and hopes to combine her passion for dairy with her chosen career path.
As Steve Snyder, dairy farmer of Pitman who served as the colorful MC for the banquet noted that although Schuylkill County is small in the number of Dairy Farms they are doing a great job of raising children and grandchildren that bring respect, recognition and admiration to the area.
If you would like the 2015 Dairy Promotion Team of Schuylkill County to do a program for your group you may contact Melanie Daubert at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jodie Heffner at email@example.com.