- The 35th annual Wayne County (PA)/ Sullivan County (NY) Diary/Ag Day brought with it many exhibitors. From machinery to 4-Hers eager to spread the word.
Diary was a buzzword at the event, with many attendees waiting in the long line to sample the offerings at the Dairy Bar. This year, the bar included Calkins Creamery Cheeses, Yatsonsky Farm Ice Cream, Pocono Mountain Dairies white and chocolate milk, Tonjes Dairy Farm Yogurts, Seiler-Caruth Quality speciality meats, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cheeses and Verde and Company Sofrito.
After tasting the products, many went to the booth of the Wayne County Dairy Princesses.
One princess, Callie Curley, is the Pennsylvania State first alternate Dairy Princess. This means Curley would take over from the reigning state princess if she could no longer fulfill her duties.
Curley competed in a state-wide competition with "31 girls, one from each county" to become the first alternate. Diary Princess Jackie Chyle was also on hand at the booth to spread the word and combat misconceptions about diary products.
"Some people ask 'Why trust the farmers' or think that diary is dirty," she said. "It's just not true."
The booth also offers "different pamphlets" to educate curious minds about topics like how to incorporate dairy into a healthy diet. Another popular stop is a section with recipes and snack ideas for busy moms who want to infuse dairy into their children's diet.
Chyle also said "we have games to help educate the kids" on where their milk comes from.
Also available at the booth were an array of dairy shirts and sweatshirts.
Chyle said the shirts "raise money we use in promotions" to "get the word out" about dairy.
The Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses were started in 1956 and a way to promote the dairy industry at the local, grassroots level.
After being crowned a princess, they become the county spokeswomen for the industry.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Dairy Princesses, visit www.padairy.org.