6/7/2014 7:00 AM
By Joyce Zimmerman Southeastern Pa. Correspondent
LANCASTER, Pa. — Carly Foose, 19, received the 2014-2015 Lancaster County dairy princess title before a crowd of county dairy farmers, industry leaders and friends during a pageant held at the Lancaster County Farm and Home Center last Saturday evening in Lancaster, Pa. Foose, the daughter of Wayne and Lori Foose, Quarryville, Pa., is no stranger to the dairy industry and dairy promotion having previously served the county as dairy princess two years ago. Foose received her crown from Victoria Grimm, the outgoing 2013-2014 Lancaster County dairy princess.
“I am looking forward to coming back and serving as dairy princess again,” Foose said. “I put a lot of thought into the decision and I know the commitment involved. I found the experience so valuable, I really wanted to come back,” she added.
Foose is currently a senior at Lancaster County Academy and works part-time at Hope Valley Farm, a dairy farm owned by the DeLong family, Quarryville, where she assists with the care and milking of over 400 milking cows. She is presently secretary of the Solanco FFA Alumni Association and a former girl scout. Her future plans include having an active role in some aspect of the dairy industry.
In a well-delivered speech, Foose demonstrated her knowledge of the dairy industry when she explained the economic impact of dairy farms on the local community.
“Eighty-five percent of a dairy farm family’s income is spent in the local community, which in turn creates a lot of jobs,” she said. “Wherever milk goes, jobs follow — like veterinarians, processing jobs, grocery store workers, and transportation. Pennsylvania’s 7,400 dairy farms create over 60,000 jobs, plus 50 percent of the U.S. population is within one-day’s drive, therefore communities should welcome dairy farms.”
In her skit, Foose portrayed a magician whose “tricks” never ended the way she originally planned, but always ended up explaining how milk and dairy products are good for everyone.
Offering suggestions and input to Foose throughout the evening and during previous interviews were judges Bonnie Wentworth, local dairy farmer and Ayrshire association member, and William Lesher, Berks County dairy farmer and Penn State graduate.
Assisting Foose with dairy promotion throughout the coming year are 11 dairy ambassadors, maids and darlings, including Foose’s two younger sisters, Casey and Kelly, plus Karissa Herr, Madison Weaver, Trinity Walter, Caroline Arrowsmith, Clara Neff, Jenna Wetzel, Josephine Ackerman, Nicole Arrowsmith and Ali Bube.
Special recognition during the evening included guest Charlene Ranck, state dairy promotion committee member, outgoing county alternate princesses, Karah Ashley and Jaralyn Zimmerman, and committee members Rudy Bollinger and Deidra Bollinger, who used their time and talents to decorate the stage with beautiful flowers and dairy-related items. Past state and county princesses in attendance were also recognized.
During the evening, Jim Barnett, county committee treasurer, announced this year’s Dairy of Distinction winner as Weeping Willow Holsteins, Holtwood, Pa. The farm owners will receive a certificate and sign to commemorate their accomplishment.