Thirteen young women involved with the Iowa dairy community will compete to win the title of 61st Iowa State Dairy Princess. The contest will begin on August 5 in Ankeny, with the coronation on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. at the Multi-Media Center of the Cattle Barn at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines. The princess and her alternate are charged with helping consumers learn more about dairy products and the farm families who tend the farms and cows that provide them.

The contestants are:
  • Kathryn Appler, 19, daughter of Kent and Laura Appler of Clermont, representing the Iowa Brown Swiss Association;
  • Shelby Bodley, 19, daughter of Jamie and Elaine Bodley of Waukon, representing Allamakee County;
  • Mindy Burkle, 17, daughter of Dennis and Sherry Burkle of Earlville, representing Delaware County;
  • Clare Cook, 19, daughter of Troy and LeeAnn Cook and Ann Denlinger of Bellevue, representing Clinton and Jackson Counties;
  • Rachel Demmer, 19, daughter of Rick and Kathy Demmer of Peosta, representing the Iowa Holstein Association;
  • Mary Ann Fober, 18, daughter of Brad and Marie Fober of Sumner, representing Chickasaw County;
  • Amanda Hoefler, 18, daughter of Brian and Eileen Hoefler of New Vienna, representing Dubuque County;
  • Catheryn Lang, 19, daughter of James and Theresa Lang of McGregor, representing the Iowa Milking Shorthorn Society;
  • Dayle Lantzky, 18, daughter of Brian and Heidi Lantzky of Hawkeye, representing Fayette County;
  • Mikayla Lien, 19, daughter of Gary and Patty Lien of Calmar, representing Winneshiek County;
  • Kayla Lueder, 19, daughter or Kevin and Sue Lueder of West Union, representing the Iowa Guernsey Breeders Association;
  • Rylie Pflughaupt, 21, daughter of Jordan and Traci Pflughaupt of Vinton, representing the Iowa Jersey Cattle Club; and
  • Hailey Schmitz, 16, daughter of Paula and Thomas Geise and Bernard Schmitz of Plainfield, representing Bremer County.
The winners are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and enthusiasm about dairy, personality and communication ability. Both the Princess and Alternate will receive scholarships from Midwest Dairy Association, which sponsors the contest and princess program on behalf of Iowa’s dairy farmers.
The outgoing Iowa Dairy Princess is Mariah Schmitt, daughter of Carl and Terry Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, and the Alternate Princess is Celina Young, daughter of Jill Grabau and Greg Young of Waverly. Their reigns will be completed at the end of the Iowa State Fair, and the new Princess and Alternate will begin their duties on September 1.
Source:  Midwest Dairy Association