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Dairy producers begin search for royalty
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The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for the District 6 Dairy Princess crown.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 6 as a spokeswoman and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades, and interviews with the media. The newly selected princess will also participate in a week of training that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette training.

Contestants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be at least 17 years of age up to 21 years of age by contest date; 2) unmarried; and 3) family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or have a dairy-related background. The application deadline is May 11.

The District 6 contest is sponsored by the District 6 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board. The gala event will be held June 14, at Our Lady of Assumption Hall, 2602 S. Walnut Rd. in Turlock. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and is followed by the contest and dinner at 7 p.m.

Current Dairy Princess Alyssa Melo of Dos Palos will relinquish her crown to the winner who will represent the dairy industry in District 6, which includes Alameda, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties. Scholarships will be awarded.

Application forms can be obtained from Linda Teixeira by calling 634-4500 or 402-8305, or from the CMAB office at 525-6875 or they can be accessed online at