SUN Area Dairy Promotion team is recognized at event

SELINSGROVE – On May 15-17, the SUN Area Dairy Promotion team held its annual SUN Area Ag Dairy Days in conjunction with the Middlecreek Valley Antique Spring Show in Selinsgrove. SUN Area Ag Dairy Days started out with the celebrity cow milking contest and cheese tasting. The winner of the contest was John Zechman, Snyder County Sheriff.

Saturday, May 16 was the SUN Area Dairy Princess Pageant. The 2015-2016 SUN Area Dairy Promotion court is Dairy Maid Abbigail Doak and Dairy Miss Tabitha Hauck.

Doak is the daughter of Samuel and Julie Doak of Beavertown. Abbigail and her family operates Redview Farms where they milk 35 cows and raise 35 heifers. Abbigail has been on the SUN Area Dairy Promotion Court for two years now. She is involved in Eager Beaver 4-H Dairy Club which she is the vice president of and is a member of Midd-West FFA. Abbigail is active on Snyder County 4-H Teen Council. She is also a member of Pennsylvania and National Jr. Holstein Association. She is also a member of Brown Swiss and Lineback Associations. She will be a ninth grade Student at the School Connections Academy. Abbigail enjoys taking care of and showing her 16 Brown Swiss, Holsteins, and Lineback cows.

SUN Area Dairy Miss is Tabitha Hauck. Tabitha is the daughter of Ronnie and Larissa Hauck of Winfield. This is Tabitha’s fourth year on the SUN Area Dairy Promotion Court. Tabitha owns four Holstein dairy animals which she shows through 4-H. She is an active member of the Eager Beaver 4-H Dairy club. Tabitha currently serves as the 4-H Club treasurer. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania and National Junior Holstein Association. Tabitha currently serves as the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association as reporter of the executive Committee. At the Junior Holstein Convention in January, Tabitha received the Junior Distinguished Member Award. She is also a member of the Middlecreek Valley Antique Association and Midd-Penn Garden Tractor Pullers. Her favorite hobby is pulling her garden tractor. Tabitha will be an eighth grade student at Selinsgrove Area Middle School.

On Sunday, May 17 the SUN Area Dairy Promotion Team ended the weekend with a kiss the contest and a free ice cream sundae. The winner of the kiss the cow contest was Brad Bingaman, representing the Middlecreek Valley Antique Association. All proceeds from the kiss the cow contest went to the Great American Milk Drive, which is a national campaign that donates milk to food banks. The total proceeds made from the kiss the cow contest for the Great American Milk Drive was $245.29.

The winners of the folding display board contest are, junior division, first place was Ethan Hauck; intermediate division first place was Tabitha Hauck; second was Elizabeth Gemberling; senior division first was John Merritt; second was Whitney Mathers; and third was Jacob Dock.

The SUN Area Dairy Promotion committee thanks the following sponsors and contributors: Middlecreek Valley Antique Association, Ag Choice Farm Credit, Hallmark Feeds, Kreamer Feeds, Pardoe’s Perky Peanuts, W.A. DeHarts, Luke and Mindy Criswell, Winfield Valley, Troester Dairy, Middleburg IGA, Ronnie and Larissa Hauck, Travis and Amanda Waite, Aurand fabrication and Machine, David and Bernice Apple, Bo Ann Holsteins, Robert and Judi Hauck, Delaware Grange #1895, Eager Beaver 4-H Dairy Club, Eye Like Holsteins, Jeff and Cindy Shaffer, Shawn and Tom Frantz, Linda Fisher, Donald and Carol Gesh, John and Susan Hauck, Mabarbil Farms, Tim and Denise Wetzel, Keith and Teresa McCool, Millerstown Veterinary Associates, Paul and Patricia Miller, Moyer Crane Service, LLC. R.W. Bird Trucking, Robert F. Pardoe Farm, N.H. Rigel Agency, Marlin Sauers, Lee and Sandra Shaffer, Snyder County Holstein Association, Strouse Farms, Union County Farm Bureau, Ted and Karen Varner, Richard and Betty Weller, and Renee and William Zeiders, Talong with everyone who helped out with kids activities and pageant.

The 2014-2015 SUN Area Dairy Promotion team completed eight store promotions, eight non-farm meetings, four farm meetings, 20 media promotions, 49 school promotions, two state sponsored events, seven special events, and has traveled 1,476 miles.

Anyone who would like to have the 2015-2016 SUN Area Dairy Promotion team participate in any events in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Montour Counties is to contact booking chairperson Larissa Hauck at 570-768-8001 or by email risbaney@yahoo.com.

Lastly, the committee noted that dairy farmers work very hard every day to produce a wonderful healthy product for allto enjoy. They work side by side with vets, nutritionists, hoof trimmers, and have routine checkups and care for sick animals.