Dairy Princess Banquet is March 16
PIERZ — The 2013 Crow Wing County Dairy Banquet will be conducted on March 16 at the Pierz Ballroom. The event is open to the public and will include a dinner at 7 p.m. with a program, coronation and dance to follow.
Tickets are available from the candidates or by calling Rosanne Caughey at 218-828-1998 or Sandy Foust at 320-277-3897. The prices are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 12 and under if purchased before Saturday or $15 at the door.
There is one candidate for the position of senior dairy princess, one for junior princess and six competing for dairy ambassador.
Senior candidate is Shantel Koering, 19, daughter of Gerald and Melissa Koering of Fort Ripley. She attends Central Lakes College. She is involved in FFA and Hardwater Ice Racing. Her sponsors are Farm Bureau, Crow Wing Power and Schomer Insurance.
Junior candidate is Veronica Nelson, 16, daughter of Ron and Barb Nelson of Brainerd. She is a junior at Brainerd High School. Veronica is involved in 4-H and FFA. Her sponsors are Evergreen Equipment, Sunrise Ag and Associated Milk Producers Incorporated.
Dairy ambassador candidates include:
• Kaitlyn Kelm, 15, daughter of Mark and Michelle Kelm of Brainerd. She is a freshman at Pierz Healy High and is involved in FFA. Her sponsors are Modern Farm Equipment and Pierz Fab.
• Alyson Koering, 16, daughter of Gerald and Melissa Koering of Fort Ripley. She is a sophomore at Brainerd High School, an FFA member and plays in the school band. Her sponsors are Wally Thesing Casino Tours and Bremer Bank.
• Raychel Raddatz, 16, daughter of Melissa and Lindsey Raddatz of Brainerd. She is a sophomore at Brainerd High School. She is involved in FFA, 4-H, choir and bowling. Her sponsors are Farmers and Merchants State Bank, Northland Drilling and Long Prairie Packing Company.
• Grace Studniski, 13, daughter of Rick and Gretchen Studniski of Fort Ripley. She is home-schooled, in seventh grade and involved in 4-H. Her sponsors are The Skillet, Athman Dairy and Time Capsule Photography.
• Josh Studniski, 16, son of Rick and Gretchen Studniski of Fort Ripley. He is home-schooled, in the 11th grade and is involved in FFA and 4-H. His sponsors are CentraSota Cooperative and Pierz Coop.
Anna Young, 16, daughter of Randy and Delores Young of Pierz. She is a sophomore at Pierz Healy High. Anna is in choir and FFA. Her sponsors are Woitalla Service and Al Olson Express, LLC.
The candidates will be judged on personality, enthusiasm for dairy promotion and general knowledge of the dairy industry. They will be called upon to promote the dairy industry throughout the year at different events including June Dairy month activities, nursing home and classroom visits, parades, farm tours and county fair events. A dairy princess or her parents must live or work on a dairy farm. An ambassador does not have to live on a dairy farm but must be enthusiastic about promoting the dairy industry.