Photo by Laurie Savage
Renee Wilson, seated, of Parkton, was named the 50th Maryland Dairy Princess Thursday, July 14, in Frederick. Standing are, from left, Carroll County Dairy Princess Amber Lippy of Union Bridge, Alternate Maryland Dairy Princess Danielle Anderson of Brunswick, outgoing Maryland Dairy Princess Tessa Wiles of Hagerstown and Eastern Shore Dairy Princess Cassidy Schirmer of Galena.
Photos by Carol Velisek
Past Maryland dairy princesses gather at the 50th Maryland Dairy Princess Pageant last week.
Former dairy princesses brought memorabilia of their reigns, including scrapbooks, crowns, sashes and even the gowns in which they were crowned.
Maryland Crowns 50th Dairy Princess, Honors Past Royalty
FREDERICK, Md. — The sun came out for Renee Wilson, whose Little Orphan Annie skit helped earn her the title of 50th Maryland Dairy Princess during ceremonies Thursday, July 14, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center at the FSK Mall.
"I'm looking forward to promoting the industry I love," Wilson said, thanking the Maryland Dairy Princess program for giving her the opportunity to serve as dairy princess and meet new people.
The new princess also won the Best Skit Award for her rendition of Little Orphan Annie.
During her skit, Wilson portrayed Annie getting ready for her first day of school, finding that she was all ready to go with her binder, pencils and three-every-day of dairy. In her school bag, she had milk, cheese and yogurt. She wrapped up her skit with a song about dairy products.
"You're always happy with a glass of milk," she sang.
Wilson will spend more than a day, but rather the next year attending meetings and passing out ribbons, as well as doing promotions at schools, grocery stores, parades and baseball games.
She was crowned by outgoing Maryland Dairy Princess Tessa Wiles of Hagerstown. Wiles won the Best Scrapbook Award for her chronicles of the past year.
Danielle Anderson of Brunswick was named the Alternate Maryland Dairy Princess. Other contestants were Carroll County Dairy Princess Amber Lippy of Union Bridge and Eastern Shore Dairy Princess Cassidy Schirmer of Galena.
Other awards were presented to Schirmer, Best Radio Spot, and Lippy, Frances Duvall Memorial Scholarship and Miss Congeniality.
Wilson is the daughter of Steve and Kelly Wilson of Parkton. The family milks 146 cows. She will be a senior at Hereford High School. Next year, she plans to serve as an agriculture educator's assistant at Hereford Middle School and North Carroll High School and will teach the University of Maryland curriculum, Agsploration, to middle school students. She is president of her FFA chapter and 4-H club and in college plans to study agriculture education with a minor in public relations and communications.
Anderson is a Brunswick High School graduate and daughter of Vernon and Sue Anderson. She leases several dairy animals from a local dairy farm and has been active in 4-H and FFA. She participated in the Brunswick Community Show and Agriculture Week at the Mall. This fall, she will attend Frederick Community College with plans to become a large animal veterinary technician.
Highlighting the evening was a special celebration of 50 years of dairy promotion in Maryland, with 24 past state dairy princesses representing each decade in attendance.
"They met dignitaries, toasted dairy farmers, educated schoolchildren and graced the pages of newspapers and airwaves of radio over the past 50 years," said Jeff Myers, contest master of ceremonies, of the former promoters. "Today, many continue to farm and serve the industry in ways big and small. Many volunteer in numerous capacities and a number work for nonprofit organizations. The year they spent as dairy princesses served them well into their present lives."
The past dairy spokeswomen brought along memorabilia from their year, including scrapbooks, crowns and sashes, photographs and even the gowns in which they were crowned. Each wrote about their favorite highlight of the year, as well as happenings in their current lives.
"It was an honor to represent the dairy industry during that time. As I gathered my scrapbooks in preparation for tonight's anniversary pageant, it was a great reminder of all the terrific people I met and events I was fortunate enough to attend because of this opportunity," said Tarra Woodfield of Damascus, the 1984-85 Maryland Dairy Princess.