Salem, Ore. — There are speeches to prepare, scrapbooks to finish and current events to brush up on as five young women prepare for the 2018 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador contest later this month.
Hosted by the Oregon Dairy Women, the 59th annual coronation banquet will take place Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Salem Convention Center, according to a press release from the organization.
2017 Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador, Kiara Single, will close her year representing the dairy industry and will crown her successor responsible for continuing the legacy of promotion of dairy products.
For the past year, these five representatives have represented their respective counties, promoting dairy products, educating the public about nutrition and enlightening their communities about life on a dairy farm at local schools, fairs and events.
The 2018 finalists include Stephanie Breazile of Linn and Benton Counties, Donata Doornenbal of Marion County, Rachel Jenck of Tillamook, Megan Sprute of Washington County and Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County.
The contestants will arrive in Salem on Friday morning for a full three days of speeches, interviews and prepared commercials promoting dairy products. The winner will be crowned at the conclusion of Saturday’s banquet.
Tickets to attend the event should be ordered prior to Jan. 22, from the Oregon Dairy Women by calling (503) 357-9152 or visiting oregondairywomen.com/events. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $50 per person and must be paid in advance.
Oregon Dairy Women is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with the main objective of promoting the dairy industry.
Since 1959, the Oregon Dairy Women’s Dairy Princess Ambassador Program has served as the premier advocate for the Oregon Dairy Industry in collaboration with the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and the Oregon Dairy Nutrition Council. The ODW award scholarships, and provides financial support to 4-H and FFA programs, Agriculture in the Classroom, Ag Fest, Summer Ag Institute, Adopt-a-Farmer and judging teams. For more information visit www.oregondairywomen.com.