A great way to commemorate June is Dairy Month is by celebrating the team that helps promote the dairy industry! The Washington County Dairy Princess Pageant was held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Greenwich Elks Club with Margaret Brownell serving as the MC. Attendees enjoyed apple pie ala mode provided by Capital Tractor with a side of cheddar provided by Cabot. The outgoing team consisting of Princess Katie Larmon, 1st Alternate Caitlyn McClay, Ciarrah Hebert, Lauren DeSorbe and Alyce Harrington were recognized for their hours of service promoting the Washington County Dairy Industry. Ten Dairy Ambassadors were recognized for their participation in parades, school programs, the Washington County Fair and other functions with the Dairy Princess Team.
Judges Joanne Donnan of Galway, Sarah Zdobnikow of Valley Falls, and Jaclyn Sears Zaleski of Stillwater had the challenging job of selecting the next Washington County Dairy Princess team. After an intense interview, dairy products quiz, a social media post, presentation of their speeches and an answer to an impromptu question Alyce Harrington was crowned the 59th Washington County Dairy Princess and Kathryn Campbell as the Alternate Princess.
Alyce is the daughter of Andrea and Jeremy Harrington and was a member of the 2021-2022 Washington County Dairy Princess team. She is currently a junior at Salem Central School where she is the Secretary of the Salem FFA and a member of the Salem- Cambridge Varsity field hockey team. She is a 4-H teen council member and loves to show dairy cattle at the Washington County Fair. Alyce is a volunteer firefighter for the Hebron Volunteer Fire Company. She also milks cows at Gettyvue Farm several days a week. This summer she will begin a position with Dairy One as a milk tester.
Kathryn Campbell is the daughter of Christa and Scott Campbell. She is a junior at Greenwich Central School where she is an active member of the Greenwich FFA and Greenwich Students Who Oppose Pollution. Kathryn is also a member of both the varsity cheerleading and lacrosse teams. She is a local 4-H member and has been a Dairy Ambassador for 7 years. Kathryn is also a 12 year member of her Girl Scout Troop and is currently completing her gold award. Kathryn will have a busy summer working at the Farmer’s Daughters’ Drive In.
Following the crowning, a lively auction was held to help fund the program. Auctioneer Tyler Larmon with assistance from Ryan Armitage took bids on donations from Betterbee, Pollywogs Greenhouse, Capital Tractor, Salem Farm Supply, AgriMark Cabot Cheese, Eileen Reid, Burchdale Family Farm, Armitage Family, Brownell Family, and the Foote Family. Donations were also generously given at the door to help fund the upcoming year's promotion efforts.
Join us in congratulating the 2022-2023 Washington County Dairy Princess, Alyce Harrington, and Alternate Princess, Kathryn Campbell when you see them at the upcoming 4th of July parades!