Congratulations to Kristen Kaste, crowned the 2011 Tillamook County Dairy Princess Ambassador. Just what is a Dairy Princess Ambassador you ask? I like to say Dairy Princess Ambassadors are “public relations specialists” for dairy. It requires a lot of public speaking and the ability to transition from speaking to kids to speaking to state representatives, industry professionals, and at times the media.
The Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador program is managed through the Oregon Dairy Womenwith individual counties producing their own Ambassadors who compete for the state title and scholarship dollars each January. The main role for the Ambassador is to visit elementary schools and share the positive story of dairy farming and the role dairy products play in achieving a balanced diet. It is not about the sparkly crown (though who wouldn’t want a sparkly crown?). It is about educating youth about where our food comes from and promoting dairy products and the dairy industry. In addition to public speaking, the Ambassadors have fun throughout the year participating in special events like the Milk Carton Boat Races, Ag Fest, and the Oregon State Fair.
Congratulations, Kristen. We look forward to working with you!