MONTROSE, Pa. — The Susquehanna County Dairy Princess Mini-Pageant was held May 23 at the Gazebo on the Green, following all the regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak.

With the safety in mind of all involved, the dairy promotion team members gathered and waited in their family’s vehicle for their turn to take pictures. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was a change of pace from the county’s traditional pageant, which is usually held at a local church with awards and recognition of the accomplishments of the dairy princess, dairy ambassadors and dairy maids who have completed a year of promotion work.

Instead, speeches the young women vying for the dairy roles normally do for a live audience of 75 to 100 people were individually videotaped and then posted on the Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Facebook page.

After individual pictures, families waited in their cars to watch the crowning by the outgoing dairy princess, Kyleigh Jones, of the 2020-2021 Susquehanna County dairy princess, Elizabeth Chidester.

Elizabeth has served as a dairy ambassador for four years and therefore continues in the program with lots of experience promoting the dairy industry. She lives and works on her family’s dairy farm near Montrose, Pennsylvania, with her parents, Charles and Lorraine Chidester, brothers Collin and Andrew, and sister, former dairy princess Mary Catherine Chidester.

Beginning her reign amid the pandemic will be challenging, she acknowledges. However, Elizabeth said she is up to the challenge, with the support of team members, dairy ambassadors Morgan Tweed, Charlotte Quick, Holly Harvatine, Courtney Marvin, Chelsea Empet, Ava Hughes, and Katelyn Farley, and dairy maids Emmory Coy and Kali Harvatine.

Elizabeth stated in a Facebook post that it has been a dream of hers to be a dairy princess and that she is ready to share her experiences as a dairy farmer’s daughter to engage the public. She is already thinking outside of the box with new promotion ideas including videotaping different breeds of dairy cows as well as posting on Susquehanna County Dairy Promotion Facebook page. She is also planning a billboard supporting the consumption of milk produced by Pennsylvania dairy farms.

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