Nebraska Dairy Princess
The Nebraska Dairy Princess represents both the dairy producers and the dairy industry in 6 to 8 highly public events, with the goal of reaching the general public and school children.
Dawn Klabenes is the 18-year-old daughter of Steve and Kerri Klabanes. She is the third generation on her family’s dairy farm near Chambers.
She is a graduate of Chambers Public School in May of 2016. She plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in animal science.
She participates in a number of sports, including volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball and AYSO soccer, taking leadership roles including team captain of the volleyball and basketball teams. She is involved in FCCLA, band, one act play, TEAMS and National Honor Society. She is a member of church and school choirs and part of the Solid Rock Youth Group.
Dawn is the Cloverdale 4-H club treasurer, the Chambers FFA president and the Student Council president. She has qualified for state in livestock judging, range judging and speaking events for FFA, and is the 2015 Nebraska State Dairy Proficiency Champion and State Champion Jr. Dairy Showman. She has shown dairy cows at the Hold County Fair for seven years.
“I believe the dairy industry is filled with hard-working people who strive to give customers the best dairy products they can … By being the princess, I would strive to positively impact the dairy industry by teaching society and the youngest generation about life on a dairy farm, speaking about the health benefits of milk and working to diminish the misconceptions about dairy farmers.”