Reegan Domagala from Lewis County was crowned the 2019-2020 New York State Dairy Princess on February 19, at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. Having served as the Lewis County Dairy Princess since spring of 2018, Domagala will devote an additional year to promoting milk and dairy products with American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East).
As state princess, Domagala receives a $1,200 scholarship and will serve as a dairy industry ambassador and spokesperson, working with ADA North East to represent dairy farmers at a variety of special events, including county dairy princess pageants, farmer meetings, fairs and school visits. She will also play an integral role in the training and mentoring of new county dairy princesses.
Alyssa Roorda from Chemung County was named first Alternate State Princess, and Morgan Hungerford from Delaware County was selected as second Alternate State Princess. They receive a $700 scholarship and $600 scholarship, respectively. Both young women will assist the New York State Dairy Princess with training, appearances and other duties.
Twenty-two county dairy princesses competed in the state pageant, which included a personal interview, impromptu questions, a prepared adult speech, a product knowledge exam, writing skills test, and informal interaction with others. Judges evaluated the contestants on their communication skills, knowledge of the dairy industry, poise and personality.
Pageant judges were: Judi Dixon, International Sales, Dot Foods; Katherine Brosnan, New York Beef Council, Director of Industry Relations & Consumer Promotions; and Holly Pullis, Hollywood Enterprises & Roedale Farm.
Sponsored by ADA North East, the 56th annual coronation completed the yearlong reign of Hailey Pipher of Elmira, New York in Chemung County.