Each year, a special group of young women are selected to represent the state’s more than 1,300 dairy farm families who contribute to making California number one for milk production in the U.S. These Dairy Princess ambassadors and alternates are selected during events at Districts throughout the state, where they showcase speaking skills, knowledge of dairy and plans to represent the industry during the one-year term. The 2019 contests kick off April and will run through June.
California Dairy Princesses serve as industry advocates in their home district and throughout California, supporting the reputation of milk and dairy products through appearances at industry and agricultural functions, with school groups and in media interviews. Dairy Princesses and alternates participate in a mandatory orientation/training where they receive professional development coaching.
The California Dairy Princess Program has been in effect since 1958. Currently eight districts hold local contests, covering 48 counties in the state of California. The California Dairy Princess contest is supported by California dairy producers through the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). Information and application forms can be accessed here. Additional questions can be directed to the CMAB office at [email protected] or 209.690.8240.
Dairy Princess Program – 2019 Application Deadlines and Contest Dates
District Application Deadline Contest Date Location
District 1 Thursday, March 21 Friday, May 10 Fortuna
District 3 Tuesday, February 26 Saturday, April 6 Petaluma
District 4 No contest will be held in 2019. Coronation date TBD.
District 5 Thursday, April 19 Wednesday, June 5 Manteca
District 6 Friday, May 10 Thursday, June 13 Turlock
District 7 Friday, April 19 Friday, June 28 Hanford
District 8 Thursday, March 7 Thursday, May 2 Fresno
District 9 Thursday, April 18 Friday, June 14 Tulare
The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s more than 1,300 dairy families and is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. With a mission to increase demand for products made with Real California Milk, the CMAB is celebrating 50 years in 2019 promoting California’s sustainable dairy products in the state, across the U.S. and around the world through advertising, public relations, research, and retail and foodservice promotional programs. For more information and to connect with the CMAB, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.