The St. Lawrence County Legislature recently declared June as Dairy Month.
On hand for the passage of the declaration were reigning Dairy Princess Brooke Rastley and her court, as well as Past Princesses Lori Brewer, Mandy Losey, and Allison Fobare in honor of the 50th year of the county’s Dairy Promotion Program.
The 50th Dairy Princess will be crowned tonight at the Madrid Community Center, and both past and present princesses will be in the parade Saturday in Canton.
The Dairy Princess program is funded with money deducted from farmers’ checks for dairy promotion, Mrs. King said. A panel of judges selects the princess and her court after they give a speech on dairy farming and answer a question. They are judged on speaking ability, poise and how well they will represent the dairy industry.
Contestants can be a farmer’s daughter or someone sponsored by a farmer or agribusiness.
During the year, the princess and her courtesans deliver speeches for anyone who asks, such as farm groups and schoolchildren, and sometimes at nursing homes and health fairs. They attend the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Expo, the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair and parades.