|Emily Ooms, NYS Dairy Princess|
Selected as first alternate was Jill DeBlock of Orange County, while April Gokey of Franklin County was named second alternate.
Miss Ooms, 17, is a senior at Chatham High School and the daughter of Timothy and Kristine Ooms. She is a member of 4-H, the Holstein Club, Junior Dairy Leaders and the National Honor Society.
The New York State Dairy Princess contest concluded Tuesday with the crowning after a two days of judging at the Holiday Inn in Salina, north of Syracuse.
|Jill DeBlock, first alternate|
Judges evaluate contestants on communication skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, poise and personality.
Miss Ooms, Miss DeBlock and Miss Gokey were winners of the speech contest and Miss DeBlock and Miss Gokey were winners for product knowledge. Winners for written communication were Jessica Skellie of Wayne County, Katie Bower of Cayuga County and Stephanie Treadwell of Herkimer County.
|April Gokey, second alternate|
The big event for the dairy princess each year is the New York State Fair in Geddes, west of Syracuse. She and other county dairy princesses man the dairy princess booth inside the Dairy Products building and make special appearances throughout Dairy Day on the first Monday of the fair.
The new princess takes over for Stephanie McBath of Saratoga County, who was New York State Dairy Princess for 2015-16.