About Us 

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Pennsylvania Dairy Princess and Promotion Services, Inc. is:

Pennsylvania Dairy Princess History - 1956 to 2016

Since its inception in 1956, hundreds of young people and their families have been involved in the promotion of the dairy industry at the local, grassroots level through the Dairy Princess Programs. Initiated and run until 1966 by the Pennsylvania Association of Milk Dealers and the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association as the Miss Milk Maid Contest, contestants represented milk marketing areas from one to fourteen counties. In 1967 there was no state contest, although promotion continued at the local level.

In 1968 the Pennsylvania Holstein Association assumed the responsibility for the program, and geographic representation was changed to the county dairy promotion system of today. This change offered more contestants the opportunity to vie for the state title and provided increased dairy promotion at the local level. From 1956 through 1971, the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess participated in a national contest sponsored by the American Dairy Association. The national contest was discontinued in 1972.

For several years, commencing in 1970, the Bureau of Markets of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture coordinated the program and employed the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess to travel throughout the state during the summer to educate the consuming public on the value of dairy products. From 1972 to the present, the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Pageant and Coronation has been held annually in September in conjunction with the All-American Dairy Show.

In 1975, district coordinators were appointed to help increase program activities at the county level and serve as resource personnel. In 1978, an incentive award program was initiated to encourage local princesses to take part in a wider variety of promotional activities. From 1979 through 1983, Atlantic Dairy Association served to coordinate the princess program, working together with the six district coordinators and the county dairy promotion committees.

In 1983, in effort to provide a more uniform program which would serve all regions of Pennsylvania equally, the district coordinators established the present Pennsylvania Dairy Princess and Promotion Services, Inc. (PDPPS). PDPPS is lead by an executive director who maintains the state office and works with the board of directors to execute the programs mission. The organization is supported by Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers through the four Pennsylvania dairy check-off agencies: Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., and Allied Milk Producers. In addition, contributions from the PA Dairymen’s Association and a number of agriculture organizations, agri-businesses and individuals are vital to the programs continued success. Its primary function is to work with the local county committees in their promotional efforts, support their princess programs, plan and conduct the training of these young people, and coordinate the selection and activities of the State Dairy Princess and her alternates.

Although requirements have been broadened, dairy princesses today are chosen according to qualifications similar to those used for the very first pageant. Prospective princesses must come from a dairy farm or dairy-related background or have dairy animals. Prospective participants may also qualify to compete for dairy princess by serving as a junior dairy promoter for at least one year or they or their parents must be employed in the dairy industry or an agribusiness that serves it. They must be single and be between the ages of 16 and 24 and must possess the knowledge, poise and speaking ability necessary to carry out the many duties as spokespersons for Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.

After receiving their crowns as county dairy princesses, these young women prepare for their roles as county dairy spokespersons and the state contest. In July all princesses, their alternates, some parents and members of various county promotion committees attend a two and a half day training seminar at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA. There they participate in intensive instructions on the dairy industry and nutrition of dairy products as well as public speaking, media interviews, social poise and personal appearance.

This year 26 county dairy princesses will compete in the 58th Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Pageant. Each princess will be individually interviewed and participate in other informal meetings with the judges. They will each present their dairy presentations, speeches, and scrapbooks and sit for the dairy promotion knowledge quiz. In addition, some will participate in the radio spot and poster display contests, two optional contests added to the pageant in 2011.

Each year one princess and two alternates are selected to serve the Pennsylvania dairy industry at the state level until the following September. This year the dairy princess class is joined by 22 county alternate dairy princesses and nearly 300 junior dairy promoters.

Serving as a dairy princess is a year filled with hard work and opportunities abounding in friendships, experiences and knowledge. It is a rewarding year for each princess with the help and support of all dairy farmer and dairy industry representatives of Pennsylvania.