WILLIAMSON, Pa. — Amanda Hege, 17, of Greencastle, Pa., was crowned the 2014-2015 Franklin County dairy princess on Friday, May 16, during the 47th annual pageant held at the Williamson Community Center.
The daughter of Larry and Patty Hege, Amanda Hege will be promoting Franklin County’s dairy industry for the coming year and represent Franklin County in the state pageant during September.
Also assisting with the promotional activities will be a group of dairy misses and dairy ambassadors: Rebecca Benedict, Grace Crider, Kayla Hartung, Ella Heckman, Josephine Hughes, Jaicee Keller, Maggie Keller, Brittney Miller, Haley Weller and Emily Weller.
Hege gave a skit presentation and a speech and answered an impromptu question in front of the audience during the pageant. Her presentation, “The ABCs of Milk,” guided the audience through an alphabetical journey of the attributes of dairy: from vitamin A to osteoporosis prevention to wanting all to “zoom along with your parents to your grocery store dairy section and pick up some delicious, nutritious milk.”
Hege’s speech was titled, “A Strong Foundation,” and stressed the important role dairy farmers play.
“Being the daughter, granddaughter and niece of present and former dairy farmers, I have seen first-hand the impact that farmers have in their communities,” Hege said. She said that dairy farmers care for their animals and the land, contributing economically and nutritionally to the community.
A Greencastle-Antrim High School junior, Hege was raised on the family dairy farm, Lar-Pat Farms. The farm is now rented for heifer raising and the Heges help to manage the Double J Livestock Cattle Buying Station on their property.
Hege participates in choir at her school. Outside of school, she is a member of the Leos Club and the Cumberland Valley Christian Choir. She is active at Mercersburg Mennonite Church and the youth group there. Hege also volunteers her time at Menno Haven. She enjoys taking care of animals on the farm, acting, reading, computer games and art.
Franklin County Commissioner Robert Thomas served as the master of ceremonies.