The Iowa Dairy Princess is crowned each year in August coinciding with activities at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The Iowa Dairy Princess and Alternate are selected based on an application, answers to essay questions, interview skills, and ability to advocate for dairy farmers. Once chosen, winners will spend their year serving as the official ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farmers advocating and educating on their behalf. They will be making public appearances that include media interviews, classroom appearances, dairy events and fairs and help educate the public about the dedication dairy farm families have to producing wholesome products for consumers.
The 2020-2021 state contest will be held August 5–6, 2020, in Ankeny with the coronation on August 6. Applications are due July 1, 2020.
Meghan Hettinga was crowned the 67th Iowa Dairy Princess during an afternoon ceremony at Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny. There, she represented the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club. Meghan is the daughter of Jason and Mary Hettinga of Orange City, Iowa. She is a student at South Dakota State University majoring in dairy production.
Meghan will spend the year serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farmers. Throughout her year-long reign she will make public appearances to connect with consumers and help them understand the dedication of dairy farm families to their cows, their land and the milk they produce. Her reign begins on September 1, 2020 and will continue through the 2021 Iowa State Fair.
Amber Engelken is the daughter of Tom and Cherrie Engelken of Earlville, Iowa. Amber is a student at Iowa State University where she studies dairy science.
Amber represented the Iowa Holstein Association in the Iowa Dairy Princess contest. She is serving as a goodwill ambassador for Iowa’s dairy farm families, sharing information about dairy farming with audiences across the state.
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