Berks County Dairy Court Selected

6/1/2014 7:00 AM

MOHRSVILLE, Pa. — There was lots of entertainment at the Berks County Dairy Princess Pageant, May 3, where Ashley Mohn was crowned the 2014-15 Berks County dairy princess at the Mohrsville Church of the Brethren, Mohrsville, Pa.

After a tough competition, Mohn beat out Gabrielle Kurtz and Megan Notestine to win the crown. Both Kurtz and Notestine were named Berks County alternate dairy princesses.

Alyssa Troutman will be serving as the Berks County lil’ miss dairy princess.

Mohn, the 20-year-old daughter of Steve and Karen Mohn, Womelsdorf, Pa., is a junior at Delaware Valley College, majoring in dairy science with minors in communications and ag business. Mohn was a 10-year member of the Western Berks 4-H Dairy Club, received the Keystone Degree in FFA and is a member of the Marion Grange. She has been involved in the dairy princess program as a li’l miss dairy princess and dairy ambassador. Mohn owns 17 animals and she houses them at Zahncroft Dairy Farm.

Kurtz is the 17-year-old daughter of Tim and Deborah Kurtz, Elverson, Pa. She is entering her senior year of high school. She is a student council representative at school and is on the leadership team at church. Kurtz is also a member of the lacrosse, soccer and track teams at Twin Valley High School. At home, she is employed on her family farm, Kurtland Farm, where they milk 380 head of Holsteins.

Notestine is the 19-year-old daughter of Steven and Pam Miller, Oley, Pa. She currently attends Reading Area Community College and plans to transfer to Penn State majoring in plant science. Notestine served as the 2010 Mifflin County alternate dairy princess. She is employed part-time as a milker on her parents farm, S&P Willow Run Farm. She also enjoys showing her dairy and dairy beef.

During the pageant, the girls performed a skit or speech, showcased their talents, and answered an impromptu question for the audience.

The contestants for the li’l miss competition were Poppi Frantz, Bethel, Pa.; Kalina Rhoads, Barto, Pa.; and Alyssa Troutman, Womelsdorf, Pa. Alyssa, the 5-year-old daughter of Luke and Lori Troutman, was named lil’ miss. Alyssa loves to sing and dance and loves to be outdoors. Her family’s farm is Retland Farm where they have 85 head of Holsteins.

In addition, Jessica Dunca, the 2013-2014 Berks County dairy princess was presented the first Frances Davis Above and Beyond Award in memory of a committee member who passed away this past year.

Judges for the pageant were Richard Frantz, Bethel, Pa.; June Leiby, Schuylkill County, Pa.; and Meranda Sellers, Lebanon County, Pa. Emcee for the evening was Jennifer Grimes, former Berks County and Pennsylvania dairy princess.<\c> LF20140524_BerksCoDairyPrincess1

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Koller


Berks County Dairy Princess Ashley Mohn, standing, center, is pictured with other members of her court, including Megan Notestine, alternate dairy princess; Alyssa Troutman, lil’ miss, sitting; and Gabrielle Kurtz, alternate dairy princess.

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