SELINSGROVE - On May 16-18 at the Middlecreek Valley Antique Association Spring Show in Selinsgrove the SUN Area Dairy Promotion Committee held the annual SUN Area Ag Dairy Days. The weekend started out with a celebrity cow milking contest and cheese tasting on May 16. The overall winner of the celebrity cow milking contest was Ralph Miller, president of the Central PA Vintage Iron Club. On May 17 the new SUN Area Dairy Promotion team was introduced. The weekend ended on May 18 with a free ice cream sundae.
The 2013-2014 SUN Area Dairy Princess Ashley Wetzel crowned the new 2014-2015 SUN Area Dairy Princess, Lacey Smith. Lacey is the 19 year old daughter of Allen and Tammy Smith of Mifflinburg. She is a 2012 graduate of Mifflinburg Area High School. In she was active in the FFA chapter. Lacey does not live on a dairy farm but has family who are dairy farmers and is also active in showing livestock at the Union County West End Fair. Lacey was the 2012 Miss Union County West End Fair Queen. Lacey enjoys reading, writing, and also baking. Lacey also works at Texas Roadhouse in Selinsgrove.
The 2014-2015 SUN Area Dairy Maid is Abbigail Doak. Abbigail is the 13 year-old daughter of Samuel IV and Julie Doak of Beavertown. Abbigail's family operates Redview Farm where they milk 25 cows. She is very active in Snyder County 4-H. Abbigail will be a seventh grade student at the school connections academy. She is also the proud owner of 16 dairy animals.
2014 SUN Area Dairy princess Ashley Wetzel, left, and 2014-2015 SUN Area Dairy Princess Lacey Smith. Lacey was crowned SUN?Area Dairy Princess during the recent annual SUN?Area Ag Dairy Days event.
The 2014-2015 SUN Area Dairy Misses are Tabitha Hauck and Paige Rhyne.
Tabitha Hauck is the 11 year-old daughter of Ronnie Jr. and Larissa Hauck of Winfield. Tabitha will be a seventh grade student at Selinsgrove Area Middle School. Tabitha owns three registered Holstein heifers and also lives on her grandparents' dairy farm where they raise dairy heifers. She also enjoys pulling her garden tractor.
Paige Rhyne is the 11 year-old daughter of Darren and Tammy Rhyne of Mifflinburg. She will be a fifth grade student at Mifflinburg Area Intermediate School. Paige owns two dairy cows and lots of goats. Paige is active in Union County 4-H and girl scouts.
Organizers would like to say thank you to Dave and Bernice Apple, Aurand Brother Fabrication and Repairs, Bo Ann Holsteins, Dare-E-Land Farms, Delaware Grange #1895, Eager Beaver 4-H Dairy Club, Eye Like Holsteins, Linda Fisher, Shawn and Tom Frantz, J&K Vue Farm, Leighow Veterinary Hospital, Paul & Patricia Miller, Millerstown Veterinary Associates P.C., Robert F. Pardoe Farm, Red Dale Ag Services,Inc., N.H. Rigel Agency, Rovendale Ag & Barn, Inc., Strouse Farm, Renee & William Zeiders, ag Choice Farm Credit, Hallmark Feeds, Ritter Feeds, Pardoes Perky Peanuts, W.A. Deharts,Inc., West Milton State Bank, Northumberland National Bank, Lucas & Mindy Criswell, Troester Dairy, Cargill, IGA, Readington Farm, DJ's Service Station, Selinsgrove and Mifflinburg FFA, Brittany Swartzlander from CCN News 8, Chip Aumiller, Snyder County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, & Middlecreek Valley Antique Association for their help and contributions to the program.
The 2013-2014 SUN Area Dairy Promotion team completed 211 school promotions, 90 media, 49 booth, 40 non-dairy meetings, 8 dairy meetings, 26 special events, 4 state events and traveled 8,202 miles.
Anyone who would like to have the SUN Area Dairy Promotion team participate in any events in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Montour Counties is to contact Larissa Hauck at (570)768-8001 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.