The Iowa Dairy Princess is crowned each year in August at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines the night before the State Fair begins. Once chosen, winners help educate the public about the dedication dairy farm families have to producing wholesome products for consumers, and how committed those families are to responsible animal care and environmental stewardship, as well as the nutritional benefits of dairy.
The 2019–2020 state contest will be held August 6–7, 2019, in Ankeny with the coronation on August 7. Applications will be due July 1, 2019.
Jessica Schmitt, an 18-year-old from Fort Atkinson, was crowned the 65th Iowa Dairy Princess during an evening ceremony at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on August 8, 2018. Schmitt, the daughter of Carl and Terry Schmitt, will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farm families. Throughout her year-long reign, she will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the dedication of dairy farmers to their cows, their land and the milk they produce. She was also recognized for her outstanding performance in the public speaking portion of the contest.
Schmitt represents Winneshiek County and will be attending Iowa State University this fall.
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