Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lewis County Teen Named New York State Dairy Princess

The 2019-2020 New York State Dairy Princess Court includes New York State 1st Alternate Dairy Princess Morgan Hungerford (left) from Delaware County, New York State Dairy Princess Reegan Domagala (center) from Lewis County, and Alyssa Roorda (right) from Chemung County.
Reegan Domagala from Lewis County was crowned the 2019-20 New York State Dairy Princess Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn in Salina, outside Syracuse.

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.

As state princess, she receives a $1,200 scholarship and will serve as a dairy industry ambassador and spokesperson, working with the American Dairy Association 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 Industry Council, Director of Industry Relations & Consumer Promotions; and Holly Pullis, Hollywood Enterprises & Roedale Farm. 

Sponsored by the American Dairy Association North East, the 56th annual coronation completed the yearlong reign of Hailey Pipher of Elmira, Chemung County.

American Dairy Association North East is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council® and the regional consolidation of three promotion organizations including the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program.