Audrey Starkweather, of Middlebury Center, was crowned the 2019–2020 Tioga County Dairy Princess at a pageant held Sunday, May 26, at Salem Lutheran Church, Liberty.
The daughter of Jim and Karen Starkweather, Audrey will be a junior at Wellsboro Area High School in the fall. She is a member of the Grand Canyon FFA, Hare Raisers 4-H Club and a junior member of the Brown Swiss Association.
“I want to be the person who inspires others to eat and drink more dairy products,” said Starkweather.
Named Alternate Dairy Princess was Rebecca Slonaker, the daughter of the late John and Dawn Slonaker, of Osceola. Slonaker will attend Delaware University in the fall to major in agricultural education.
“I believe that the dairy industry needs to be promoted, especially these days,” she said.
Both candidates were required to present a skit to educate others about the importance of the dairy industry. Starkweather chose to speak about her involvement with her softball team. She said that she always encourages her teammates to drink milk after the game.
Slonaker spoke about how farmers care for their animals. She especially highlighted the importance of the care that they receive as newborn calves.
Camryn Moyer, daughter of Paul and Carolyn Moyer, of Roaring Branch, crowned her successor after delivering a farewell speech.
“This year I got to experience so many things and meet so many new people. Starting off my year in June, I dove right into promotion. Though I have been involved in the program for many years before, I wanted to make this year special. I told myself that I would be more extroverted and more willing to talk to people to be able to make long lasting connections,” said Moyer.
Moyer will continue to support the dairy industry by being a Dairy Ambassador in the coming year.
Master of Ceremonies J. Craig Williams introduced the remainder of the team: Dairy Ambassador Shelby Alexander, daughter of Roger and Cathleen Alexander, of Liberty; Dairy Maids Isabella Hazelton, daughter of Mark and Sarah Hazelton, of Mansfield and E. Grace Bishop, daughter of Tim and Anne Bishop, of Roaring Branch; Dairy Misses Jaylin Butler, daughter of Jody and Jen Butler, of Tioga and Elena Hazelton, daughter of Mark and Sarah Hazelton, of Mansfield.
Members of the Tioga County Dairy Promotion Team travel throughout the county promoting dairy products and talking about dairy with groups. If you would like to have a member of the team come to an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook at Tioga County Dairy Promotion Program.