Each year, PDPPS chooses three county princesses to be the new state royalty team at the annual state princess pageant. The princesses are judged on public speaking, dairy industry knowledge, poise and personality. Each princess prepared a speech, presentation, radio spot and poster display promoting milk and dairy foods; submitted a scrapbook of promotion activities; took a dairy promotion knowledge quiz; submitted a dairy food recipe and participated in an interview with a panel of four judges.

A state dairy princess and two alternates are chosen each year.

2019 – 2020 PA State Dairy Princess Royalty Team

Paige Peiffer

2019-2020 PA State Princess
Lebanon, Pa.
Lebanon County Dairy Princess

Paige is the 17-year-old daughter of Ammon and Brenda Peiffer of Lebanon County. Alongside of her siblings, Mackenzie, Skylar, and Seth, her family operates Boxed-In Acres. On the farm, they have 160 Holsteins, 80 of which are currently milking.  Paige’s passion for the dairy industry prompted her to join the Lebanon Co. dairy court in 2013. Paige is a senior at Cedar Crest High School where she is a part of the girls’ volleyball team and a member of National Honors Society. She is also involved in FFA and serves as her FFA chapter’s Vice President. Through FFA, Paige was able to participate in many public speaking competitions, gained new leadership qualities, and joined the parliamentary procedure team. She is involved in the NO SO ANN dairy 4-H, the Lebanon County Jr. Holstein Association and the PA Jr. Holstein Association. Most importantly, her goals this year as princess, are to bridge the gap between dairy and consumers, and positively portray the industry through education.

Denae Hershberger

2019-2020 Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess
Martinsburg, PA.
Bedford County Dairy Princess

Denae Hershberger is the 18 year old daughter of Ross & Yvonne Hershberger of Martinsburg. Denae resides on ELDA-CHROSS Farms where her parents and four siblings manage 1,000 acres and milk 230 registered Holsteins. On the operation, she feeds the calves daily and assists elsewhere when necessary. In addition to this, she has a part-time job at Cove Creamery in Roaring Spring, enjoys babysitting her nieces and cousins, drawing, writing, as well as maintaining an active lifestyle. Denae is currently enrolled in the School of Nursing at Mount Aloysius College with the intention to obtain a RN-BSN degree and certification. While she is not directly entering the dairy industry, she hopes to encourage the public to consume milk in the medical setting.

Vannika Rice

2019-2020 Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess
Williamsburg, PA.
Blair County Dairy Princess

Vannika lives on her family’s dairy farm, Clover Creek Cheese Cellar in Williamsburg, working with her parents, David and Terella Rice and four older siblings. The milk from the herd of fifty cows is fed to calves, bottled into jugs and sold as raw milk, or made into cheese to be aged and sold. She milks, feeds calves and helps her Dad artificially inseminate the cows. She is 18 years old and graduated from Rice Homeschool in May. Involved in the Williamsburg FFA, she earned her Keystone Degree and was part of the speech competitions. She shows Milking Shorthorns in the Morrison’s Cove Dairy Show.  She attends Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church, participating in the youth group and has gone on numerous missions’ trips. She plans to attend college for an animal science degree focusing on dairy management. After college, her plan is to come back to her family’s farm and be the dairy herd manager. As a dairy princess, her goal is to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers through education.