Katie Grace Weant has come full circle from the time she admired dairy princesses as a young girl on the farm to serving as the Carroll County Dairy Princess herself this year.
“When I was a little girl, all the girls I looked up to were dairy princesses. I loved watching their skits and having them come to our farm when we did class field trips,” she said after being crowned. “As I got older, I realized that being a dairy princess is more than just putting on a pretty dress and crown. The dairy princesses speak for our industry, especially to the younger generation like myself.
“As people become more removed from farming and where they get their food, talking to a dairy princess is an easy way for them to be reminded about where dairy products come from.”
KatieWeant is the daughter of Todd and Joanne Weant and resides in Taneytown, Md. She is 16 years old.
Serving as dairy maids are Tessie Weant, also of Taneytown, and Autumn Lippy of Union Bridge, Md.
Katie Weant is no stranger to dairy promotion having been a past dairy maid and Maryland Jersey princess. She has spoken with the public and passed out promotional materials at such events as the Maryland State Fair and “Boo at the Zoo” at the Baltimore Zoo. She also took Jersey calves to visit at schools and libraries.
The eight-year 4-H member is president of the Progressive Clovers 4-H Club, participates in dairy judging and will attend the National 4-H Congress in the fall. She shows dairy steers and dairy cattle, and her cow earned the supreme champion award at the Richard Wills 4-H Show.
Weant attends Francis Scott Key High School in Union Bridge, Md., and is a member of FFA, serving as chapter reporter. She’s also on the yearbook staff and is on the junior-varsity track team.
Weant owns eight Jerseys, 22 Holsteins and several Lineback cattle. At home, her responsibilities include helping milk her family’s 90 head of dairy cows and feeding and caring for young stock.
“My favorite thing to do is milk, because I like to see our cows and how they’re producing. Being in the barn lets me keep up with the cows on a regular basis,” she said.
Weant will join other regional dairy princesses from across the state for the Maryland Dairy Princess Pageant at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at the FSK Holiday Inn in Frederick, Md. A reception precedes the event at 7 p.m.
For more information on the dairy princess program, call 301-349-0750.