Syracuse, N.Y. – Reegan Domagala from Lewis County was crowned the 2019-2020 New York State Dairy Princess on February 19, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. Having served as the Lewis County Dairy Princess since spring of 2018, Domagala will devote an additional year to promoting milk and dairy products with American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East).
As state princess, Domagala receives a $1,200 scholarship and will serve as a dairy industry ambassador and spokesperson, working with ADA North East to represent dairy farmers at a variety of special events, including county dairy princess pageants, farmer meetings, fairs and school visits. She will also play an integral role in the training and mentoring of new county dairy princesses.
Alyssa Roorda from Chemung County was named first Alternate State Princess, and Morgan Hungerford from Delaware County was selected as second Alternate State Princess. They receive a $700 scholarship and $600 scholarship, respectively. Both young women will assist the New York State Dairy Princess with training, appearances and other duties.
Twenty-two county dairy princesses competed in the state pageant, which included a personal interview, impromptu questions, a prepared adult speech, a product knowledge exam, writing skills test, and informal interaction with others. Judges evaluated the contestants on their communication skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, poise and personality.
Pageant judges were: Judi Dixon, International Sales, Dot Foods; Katherine Brosnan, New York Beef Council, Director of Industry Relations & Consumer Promotions; and Holly Pullis, Hollywood Enterprises & Roedale Farm.
Sponsored by ADA North East, the 56th annual coronation completed the yearlong reignof Hailey Pipher of Elmira, New York in Chemung County.
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 12,000 dairy farm families in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.americandairy.com.