By Starrla Cray
WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD COUNTIES, MN June is “dairy month,” and local dairy ambassadors and princesses have whipped up an assortment of ways to celebrate and promote the industry they love.
Wright County’s 2010-11 dairy ambassadors are Rebecca Groos and Sabrina Kieser of Howard Lake, Krista Lambert of Buffalo, and Katie Davis of Cokato.
During Winstock Country Music Festival in Winsted Friday, June 11, and Saturday, June 12, the girls will be serving at the malt stand.
Following Winstock, their next appearance is Monday, June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rockford Library, where they will hand out ice cream and read to children.
Tuesday, June 15, the ambassadors will be serving at a West Hennepin dairy farmer’s luncheon from 11 a.m. to noon. After the luncheon, there will be a meeting about stray voltage in a dairy barn. Later that day, the ambassadors will make an appearance at the Delano Public Library from 1 to 4 p.m.
All four ambassadors will help with the Breakfast on the Farm event Saturday, June 19 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Goldview Farms in Waverly, owned by Butch, Faye, and Pat Bakeberg.
A few of the ambassadors have events at the end of June, including a mission trip and an FFA leadership conference in Washington DC, which means they won’t be available for appearances at that time.
If an ambassador is available during Howard Lake’s Good Neighbor Days, the weekend of June 25-27, she will serve ice cream or root beer floats.
Anyone who would like to have the Wright County dairy ambassadors appear at an event can contact Mary Jo Lambert at (320) 963-5888.
McLeod County’s four dairy princesses, Elizabeth Nix of Plato, Haley Templin of Glencoe, Karen Anderson of Lester Prairie, and Kelsey Buss of Hutchinson, have more than 15 appearances this month.
“June is very busy,” princess coordinator Peggy Engelmann said.
The girls will serve ice cream at Security State Bank in Brownton Thursday, June 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 11, they will serve at Hutchinson Library Square from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
They will be in the Glencoe Days parade Sunday, June 13, starting at 1 p.m.
Monday, June 14, they will help with the Region 7 Dairy Show at the Carver County Fairgrounds, and Wednesday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., they will serve ice cream at Casey’s General Store in Winsted.
The American Dairy Association “cheeseburger days” will take place at Cash Wise in Hutchinson Thursday, June 17 through Saturday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The princesses will be serving at various times during the event.
Friday, June 18, princesses will be at First Community Bank at both Lester Prairie and Silver Lake from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., the girls will make an appearance at the city park in Silver Lake.
The girls will be in the Hutchinson parade Sunday, June 20, starting at 1 p.m.
Monday, June 21, they will be at Econo Foods in Hutchinson from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Glencoe’s dairy day is Thursday, June 24, and the princesses will serve treats at AMPI and all the local banks throughout the day.
Saturday, June 26, the girls will serve at the Stewart city park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
They will make a stop at Burns Manor in Hutchinson Monday, June 28 at 2 p.m., and at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted Tuesday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
The only event that still needs to be scheduled for June is Plato’s dairy day.
Anyone who would like to have the McLeod County dairy princesses appear at an event can contact Peggy Engelmann at (320) 238-2341.
June is also a full month for Carver County dairy princesses Kari Anderson of Waconia, Becky Wetzel of Chaska, and Kelsey Hoen, Jackie Rademacher, and Chelsea Wickenhauser of Cologne.
“It’s good we have five girls to go to all of these events,” princess coordinator Barb Grimm said.
They will be at the Region 7 Dairy Show at the Carver County Fairgrounds Monday, June 14, starting at 10 a.m. That evening at 6 p.m., they will serve ice cream and read books to children at the Watertown Public Library.
Wednesday, June 16, the girls will help with a Carver County Extension Office farm tour of Jopp’s century farm, located between Watertown and Mayer. The event will include information about somatic cell count (SCC), which is one of the indicators of milk’s quality.
Thursday, June 17, the princesses will be at Citizens State Bank in Norwood from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Security Bank in New Germany at 4 p.m.
Friday, June 18, they will be serving treats at First Minnesota Bank in Mayer from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Klein Bank in Norwood from 1 to 6 p.m.
The princesses will help with the 4-H day camp at Baylor Regional Park from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23.
Thursday, June 24, they will be at Westview Acres in Waconia from 2 to 3 p.m., and at Good Samaritan in Waconia starting at 3 p.m.
The weekend of June 25-27, the girls will make appearances at Mackenthun’s in Waconia.
Saturday, June 26, they will also be at the farm of Tim and Amy Leonard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will also make an appearance at Auburn Manor in Chaska at 10:30 a.m. that day.
Anyone who would like to have the Carver County dairy princesses appear at an event can contact Barb Grimm at (952) 657-2476.