The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 9 (Inyo, Mono and Tulare counties) Dairy Princess crown.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 9 as a spokeswoman and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades, and with the media. The newly selected princess will also participate in a week of training that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette training.

Contestants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be at least 16 years of age by the date of the contest and not over 21 years of age by contest date; 2) Be unmarried; and 3) Family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or have a dairy-related background. More detailed eligibility requirements can be found on the application, which is available at Applicants are urged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The application deadline is Thursday, April 20.

The District 9 contest is sponsored by the District 9 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The gala event will be held Friday June 9, at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and is followed by the contest and dinner at 7 p.m.

Current Dairy Princess Annika Atsma of Tulare will relinquish her crown to the winner who will represent the dairy industry in Inyo, Mono and Tulare counties. Scholarships will be awarded.

Application forms may be accessed online at Questions can be directed to Melissa Gomes 967-3923 or CMAB office at or (209) 484-0690.

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.

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