Blair County’s dairy princess, Kara Stultz, also has the well-deserved title of Pennsylvania’s second alternate dairy princess.
The daughter of Rob and Tammy Stultz of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, Kara has been in love with farming since she could walk.
“When I was 8, I joined 4-H,” she said. “I begged my dad to get me a heifer so I could start my own herd.”
Her dad, however, wisely advised Kara Stultz to save her money and be at least 12 before setting off in this direction.
“My first heifer was a beautiful Red and White from the Mark Frederick farm,” she remembers. That was the beginning, and from there, she developed her own herd of Holsteins and Red and Whites.
The family farm, 250 acres of rolling green land, is home to 100 Holstein and Red and White dairy cows, in addition to Kara Stultz’s herd. It is a fourth-generation dairy farm and she plans to one day share it with her siblings, making it a fifth generation.
Despite being active in school activities at Central High School, Stultz is responsible for almost all of the work and care for the calves from birth to around 5 or 6 months of age. She also milks and takes care of all their show animals as well as her own herd. In the summer, she also helps in the fields.
Although graduation is in June, during her high school days, Stultz played softball, was president of the student council, active in FBLA, or Future Business Leaders of America, and FFA.
In addition to her dairy cows, her other 4-H projects have included lambs, pigs and rabbits. She was active in the Lamb Chops Club, and Blair County and Morrisons Cove 4-H.
Her duties as the dairy princess for both the county and state level are many and time-consuming. Her favorite involvement at the state level was the Pennsylvania Farm Show.
“It was 13 days of nonstop activities,” she said. “But ever so rewarding.”
Stultz’s favorite spot was the dairy stand where she helped to expand dairy knowledge to children and adults.
“It is amazing how little the general public actually knows about dairy farms and products,” she said. “I was used to being the county dairy princess and everyone around me understands what it is all about.”
At the Farm Show, she encountered people who had no idea that cows are milked twice a day, seven days a week, or how much thought and work goes into producing dairy products.
Just recently, on May 18, Stultz relinquished her Blair County title.
“I loved my local work,” she said.
Her favorite activity was visiting the elderly at Homewood.
“They were so appreciative,” Stultz said. “I did something different with them each visit. I gave talks on the importance of dairy in the diet and showed them my dairy princess skit. In March, I made them shamrock shakes. We also had several different games they liked to play. Working with those people was a total joy.”
Stultz is happy that her 11-year-old sister, Rylee, is following in her footsteps and anxious to one day be a dairy princess herself. She also has two brothers, Nick and Hunter, who help on the farm.
Stultz is getting her high school diploma this month and then it will be on to Penn State where her major will be ag business and communications.