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Submitted photo Kristin Johns, left, was recently crowned the 2020-2021 Berks County dairy princess and Katelyn Baer the 2020-2021 Berks County alternate dairy princess.

LEESPORT, Pa. — Kristin Johns was recently crowned the 2020-2021 Berks County dairy princess and Katelyn Baer, the 2020-2021 Berks County alternate dairy princess at a small ceremony due to COVID-19. A larger ceremony will be held later this year to celebrate the new Berks County dairy royalty.

Johns is the 19-year-old daughter of Mark and Deb Johns of Bethel. She was homeschooled and also took agriculture classes at Tulpehocken High School, graduating in 2018. While in school, she was active in the FFA chapter, serving as the sentinel. She was also a 10-year member of the Western Berks 4-H Dairy Club and enjoyed showing her Red and White Holsteins at the local fairs.

Through 4-H, Johns qualified for the state dairy judging team, allowing her to judge at the North American Livestock Exhibition, All-American Dairy Show and the World Dairy Expo. Johns is also a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association and has competed in a variety of competitions. She also received third-place for her prepared public speech at the 2016 National Holstein Convention.

Currently, she is serving on the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein executive committee. She has also served as a past Reading fair queen and Berks County dairy ambassador. Johns attributes her passion for the dairy industry to her grandfather, John Stump, founder of Stumpland Farms.

Baer is the 20-year-old daughter of Ben and Kim Baer of Mercersburg. She is currently living in Berks County while attending Penn State Berks campus, studying criminal justice. She grew up on a dairy farm, but, unfortunately, in 2014 her family sold the cows. Her family still owns the farm, but rents it out to a neighbor.

While in high school, Baer was a member of the Conococheaque FFA chapter and served as its secretary her junior year and its president her senior year. At Penn State Berks, she was invited to join the Tau Sigma honors society for her academic achievements. She is currently a full-time student and is also working at BMW of Reading. Baer’s plans are to eventually get a job with the FBI and hopefully open an animal rescue for abandoned farm animals.

For more information about the Berks County dairy royalty, contact Angela Davis at 610-926-6639.

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