April 29, 2018
1:30 pm
Milk Reception followed by dinner and pageant

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Rachel Hall Leads New Wash. Co. Dairy Princess Team


From left to right – 1st Alternate Dairy Princess, Kassidy Kuzmich, Washington County Dairy Princess, Rachel Hall, Alternate Dairy Princess, Shania Danio, and Alternate Dairy Princess, Mackenzie Casey

On Sunday, April 30, the 52nd Washington County Dairy Princess pageant crowned a new team of dairy princesses for the 2017-2018 year. In front of over one hundred people at the Middle Falls Firehouse, the four candidates offered speeches on dairy promotion and information. They each answered the impromptu question, “As a member of the Washington County Dairy Princess team you represent the entire dairy industry.  What are some key messages that you want the consumer to know?” Citing health and nutritional benefits of milk and other dairy products, the candidates also brought up issues about animal welfare, environmental stewardship, and farming practices.


The new team is anchored by Dairy Princess Rachel Hall, daughter of Chris and Cathy Hall of Greenwich. First Alternate is Kassidy Kuzmich, daughter of Brady and Kia Wolff of Argyle. Alternate Dairy Princesses are Shania Danio, daughter of Greg and Sherrie Danio of Greenwich, and Mackenzie Casey, daughter of Bridget Beecher of Hartford.

Outgoing team Julia Houser of Greenwich and Sara Stein of Greenwich gave thank you speeches reflecting on their year of dairy promotion and service. They also acknowledged the more than 40 Dairy Ambassadors who participate in the program gaining life skills, learning lessons and raising self-confidence all while promoting dairy products.

Chairperson Betsy Foote also thanked the many farmers and agri-service donors and praised the efforts of Julia and Sara.

Please congratulate all of these young women and raise a glass of milk with them as they set off on a year of discovery. The Washington County Dairy Princess program is made possible through the support of the local dairy and agri-business community and the American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), the regional planning and management organization funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars.


Pageant photo gallery.

2016 Washington County Fair Reflections

August 22 to 28, 2016 – Washington County Fairgrounds, Greenwich, New York.

Without a doubt, the Washington County Fair is the agricultural highlight of our area.  This year was no exception.  Julia, Sara, and the Dairy Ambassadors met at the Ag Center on Thursday evening before the opening of the fair to set up the booth, learn about Aggie the Incredible Milking Cow and review the week’s schedule.


Julia and Sara both spoke at the opening ceremony, welcoming visitors and local dignitaries to the fair.  After the opening ceremony, they served milk and cookies along with Maple Queen, Olivia Roberts.  (Photos coming.)

The week was filled with manning the dairy princess booth, showing cattle and participating in the equine events, and awarding ribbons during the dairy shows.

One of the highlights of the week was the Milking Contest on Thursday.  Julia and the Dairy Ambassadors, along with local dignitaries competed in a timed milking contest to see who could, by hand milking, get the most milk.

2016 in Review

July 16, 2016 – Dairy Princess – Julia Hauser and First Alternate – Sara Stein, attend National Cow Appreciation Day at Walker’s Farm Home and Tack.  “Hey, Everyone! Come join Julia and I at Walkers Farm, Home, and Tack! We’re giving out ice cream from Battenkill Valley Creamery, having a coloring contest, and we even have a bounce house! Walker’s is also having great sales on some items!”


June 30, 2016 – Dairy Princess – Julia Hauser attended the National Holstein Convention.  “I had a great time at National Holstein Convention getting to know Saratoga County Dairy Princess, Melanie Luke, and Rensselaer County Dairy Princess, Natalie Shudt. We handed out free goodies, served milk and ice cream at junior luncheons on Tuesday and Thursday! I wish everyone the best of luck at the convention the rest of the week!”

June 22, 2016 – Dairy Princess – Julia Hauser and First Alternate – Sara Stein meet with students in the Greenwich K – 2 Building.  “Monday Julia and I went to 7 classes in Greenwich’s K-2 building and had an awesome time meeting so many kids who were so excited meeting the Dairy Princesses. We taught them about what cows eat, read a book, watched Discover Dairy’s awesome video about how  the dairy industry works (, check it out!), and had some stickers, pencils, and Go-Gurts for some fun treats as well.
Today I went to one of Greenwich’s 5th-grade class and did some of the similar things we did on Monday. As well as reminding them to have an active summer and drink lots of milk to refuel after their activities. It was awesome going back to my old schools and seeing some of my old teachers as well as meeting some of the new ones. Seeing the little girls light up when they saw 2 princesses in their class put a huge smile on my face and made me love the job as a dairy princess even more. I’m looking forward to traveling around to other schools and meet some more kids!”

June 15, 2016 – Dairy Princess – Julia Hauser at the Farm Credit East 100th Anniversary.  “Congratulations on 100 years of service to agriculture Farm Credit East! I was honored to be invited along with Greenwich FFA members to come help celebrate this accomplishment!”


Farm Credit

May 31, 2016 – First Alternate – Sara Stein and Dairy Ambassador – Bryanna Booth participate in the Cambridge Memorial Day Parade.

July – National Ice Cream Month

by Sara Stein – Washington County Dairy Princess 1st Alternate

Did you know in 1984, President Ronald Regan designated July as National Ice Cream month?

Also, the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

This year National Ice Cream Day will be on July 17th.

Former President Reagan recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food enjoyed by over 90% of the population.

Here is an easy, fun recipe to help you celebrate Ice Cream Month.

Easy Layered Ice Cream Sandwich Dessert

19 ice cream sandwiches
Reddi-whip or homemade whipped cream
Hershey’s syrup

Unwrap sandwiches and place the first layer in a 9″ x 13″ dish, then cover with whipped cream and drizzle with syrup.  Repeat layers then cover and store in the freezer.


Incoming Dairy Princess Team Unveiled

On Saturday April 16, a new Washington County Dairy Princess Team was crowned at the Middle Falls Fire Department function room in Greenwich. Julia Houser was named Dairy Princess, while Sara Stein was named First Alternate.

The candidates both spoke on the “Wonderful World of Dairy” as well as answered an impromptu question.  Julia, daughter of Ruth and George Houser of Easton, discussed the value of dairy as a source of nutrition, working with animals and kids. Sara, daughter of Joanne and Robert Stein of Greenwich, spoke about showing cattle, the need to educate the public on the value of the dairy industry.

Master of Ceremonies Sara Idleman, Town of Greenwich Supervisor, provided numerous thoughts and tidbits through the pageant. As one of the original candidates for Dairy Princess in the first year Washington County held a pageant, she had an insider’s view. Additionally, outgoing 1st Alternate Dairy Princess Kaylah Gulley is Sara’s granddaughter.

The outgoing team of Alternates Julia Steidle, Kaylah Gulley and Dairy Princess Meghan Coldwell honored the forty Dairy Ambassadors who help at events and are an important part of the program. Each young woman reminisced about what the year had meant to them and what they had learned while thanking the program’s supporters.

Chairperson Betsy Foote also thanked the many farmers and agri-service donors and praised the efforts of Meghan, Kaylah and Julia. For more information on hosting a Dairy Princess at an event or learning more about the program, please call 518-744-7942.

The Washington County Dairy Princess program is made possible through the support of the local dairy industry and the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council – the state planning and management organization funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars.