Crawford County has a new dairy royalty.
Crawford County’s 49th Annual Dairy Princess Competition took place on Saturday at the Pleasantview Alliance Church, with Karissa Petruso of Conneaut Lake named the 2021-22 Dairy Princess and Emma Morrell of Cochranton as the alternate Dairy Princess.
The program included speeches and skits from the county’s dairy royalty team.
Speeches were presented by Dairy Maids Hannah Lyons from Cochranton and Sydney Preston from Centerville. Sydney Preston received top honors for Best Dairy Maid Speech with her “The Smallest Things Make the Biggest Difference” speech. Junior representatives also entertained attendees with a puppet show featuring Clara the Cow, Harvey the Horse and Pesky the Pig.
Dairy Miss attendees ages 8 to 12 were asked a question about dairy knowledge on stage and will join the team this year to help promote the dairy industry. The dairy women are Emma Waddell of Townville, Holly Wetherell of Linesville and Cecile Preston of Centerville.
The contesting princesses were interviewed by the judges in the morning before the competition and presented speeches aimed at adult audiences and skits for school-aged children. They also had to answer an impromptu question on stage. The prizes for the best speech and the best skits were awarded.
Petruso received Best Speech for “My Dairy Story” and she received Best Sketch for “Breaking Moo’s”. Petruso and Morrell will work together over the next year to educate the public about the industry and the importance of including three servings of dairy in your diet every day, competition officials said.
Outgoing Princess Abagail Bryan and the team worked very hard and faced many challenges promoting dairy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers also thanked Casey Costello for her years as a Dairy Miss and Dairy Maid.
The Royalties team is always looking for opportunities to share their knowledge at schools, meetings, open houses and fairs.
• To plan their participation in an event: Contact Chris Waddell at (814) 720-5584.