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Photo courtesy of Amy Moulton
Photo courtesy of Amy Moulton

What it takes to be Dairy Princess

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This year St. Lawrence County celebrates the 50th anniversary of its dairy princess tradition--tonight in Madrid, at the annual pageant, a new princess will be crowned, and tomorrow morning she and her court will star in a parade through downtown Canton.

For the past half century, a group of judges has been selecting a wholesome young woman from the community to be the face of the local dairy industry. To become the dairy princess a girl has to be between 16 and 21 years old, and has to compete in a pageant where she is judged on her public speaking ability, her general poise, and her knowledge of dairy products.

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The first and second St. Lawrence County dairy princesses with their courts. Photo courtesy of Amy Moulton
The first and second St. Lawrence County dairy princesses with their courts. Photo courtesy of Amy Moulton
Christine Sheesley-Rozler is both a former county and state dairy princess—she reigned between 1989 and 1990. Today, she helps on her family's dairy farm in Canton, as do her 7-year-old twins. She also helps aspiring dairy princesses prepare for the pageant. Natasha Haverty caught up with Christine to talk about what it takes to be a dairy princess.

To listen to past stories about the Dairy Princess tradition, click here, and here.

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