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Ashley Heim, 16, of Stoneboro was recently crowned Mercer County Dairy Princess.

Local dairy daughters from ages 5 to 24 have opportunities to participate in the Mercer County Dairy Promotion Program. Last week many of them took part in the Mercer County Dairy Princess Pageant. The annual event attracted dairy farm families that took the occasion to celebrate June Dairy Month. The evening began with the “cowtail” hour and dinner.

Ashley Heim, 16, Stoneboro, was crowned 2006-07 Mercer County Dairy Princess. She is a daughter of James and Cathy Heim and is a junior at Lakeview High School. She participates in cross country and is a member of the drama club and the school choir. She is an honor student there.

She will be participating in dairy promotion activities throughout the year, including the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Training Seminar at Lycoming College, Williamsport, and the state pageant which is part of the All American Dairy Show in Harrisburg in September.

As part of the local pageant, the Dairy Darlings, dairy daughters from ages 5 to 9, sang a dairy version of “Hokey Pokey,” organized and led by former Mercer County Dairy Princess Elaine Leise, Fredonia. Participants were: Christa Ealy, daughter of Dan and Sherry Ealy, Sharpsville; Brooke George, daughter of John, Jr., and Angie George, Jackson Center; Stephanie Jenkins, daughter of Ben and Amanda Voorhies, Stoneboro; Kelly MacRae, daughter of Bob and Sherry MacRae, Grove City; Morgan Minor, daughter of Kevin and Debbie Minor, Jackson Center; Hannah Robinson, daughter of Dan Robinson and Amy Stouss, Grove City; Amelia Shardy, daughter of Mark Shardy and P.J. Martin, Fredonia; Robin Shearer, daughter of Troy and Elizabeth Shearer, Sandy Lake; Jocelyn Snyder, daughter of Todd and Paula Snyder, Greenville; and Ashley Weber, daughter of Dan and Bonnie Weber, Grove City.

Dairy Delights, girls 9 to 12, Samantha George, daughter of John, Jr. and Angie, George, Jackson Center, and Sarah Slater, daughter of Bruce and Cheri Slater, Clarks Mills, delivered presentations about the dairy industry.

The Dairy Maids, girls 12 to 16, presented short speeches about the dairy industry and dairy nutrition.

Participants in this part of event included: Alyssa Miller, daughter of Chris Miller, Greenville, and Melissa Miller, Sandy Lake; Amanda Minor, daughter of Steve and Heidi Minor, Jackson Center; Laurel Montgomery, daughter of Dale and Sandy Montgomery, Grove City; Sarah Montgomery, daughter of Dan and Bonnie Weber, Grove City; Alisha Robinson, daughter of the late Doug Robinson and Lisa Robinson, Grove City; and Laura Sturgin, daughter of Raymond and Paula Sturgin, Fredonia.

Former Mercer County Dairy Princess Katie Hanna Ives, Florida, was the mistress of ceremonies. Becky Aiken, the 2005-06 Mercer County Dairy Princess, honored her grandparents, Paul and Nora Aiken, who were celebrating their 49th anniversary that evening.

She also thanked her parents, Wes and Betty Aiken, and the county dairy princess committee for all of their help during her reign. As her last official duty, Becky presented banners to all the dairy maids and crowned the 2006-07 dairy princess.

Anyone wishing to have the dairy princess at their event should contact Tammy Hanna, scheduling coordinator, at 724-475-2502.

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