WOODSBORO, Md. — Olivia Reid did not come from a farm family. Her love of the dairy industry grew through her experience with the intense animal-human bond, she said.
She was crowned Frederick County Dairy Princess during coronation ceremonies this past Sunday at the old fire hall here. Outgoing Frederick County Dairy Princess Shelby Hahn of Sabillasville passed her crown on to the new dairy spokeswoman.
“I’m really thrilled to represent the dairy industry,” Reid said. “Agriculture has turned me into the hard working person I am today.”
She presented a skit as “Dairy White,” who lives in Dairyland with the nine key nutrients. In the skit, the wicked witch approaches her with a soda, which makes her feel ill. The nine nutrients suggest she try drinking milk to soothe her stomach and feel better.
The 17-year-old Knoxville resident is the daughter of Jim and Teresa Reid. She is a Middletown Valley 4-H Dairy Club member and exhibits dairy cattle she leases from a local farm.
She is a senior at Brunswick High School, where she is a member of the FFA and is a football cheerleader. In FFA, Reid was involved with the community show, fruit sales and the state and national convention. She participated in the poultry, dairy foods and dairy handling career development events. She served as historian and junior advisor and received her greenhand and chapter FFA degrees.
Reid also belongs to her church’s youth group, is a member of the Random Acts of Kindness Club and assists with Special Olympics and the Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome.
In the future, she plans to attend college and major in dairy science.
During the evening ceremony, 11 young ladies ages 13 to 16 were introduced as dairy maids. They are Gabrielle Bowers, Elizabeth Bisbee, Grace Hargett, Lindsey Dinkel, Kaitlyn Blank, Daisy Gardner, Jenna Giesman, Katelyn Allen, Shelby Iager, Kayla Umbel and Allie Wilson.
Dairy princesses, assisted by dairy maids, spend their reign promoting dairy products and Maryland’s dairy industry through appearances at schools, malls, stores and at other various events.
Reid will join other regional dairy princesses from across the state for the Maryland Dairy Princess Pageant at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the FSK Holiday Inn in Frederick. A reception precedes the event at 7 p.m.
For more information on the dairy princess program, call 301-349-0750.