Down On The Dairy

Katrina Nickerson of Clymer, the 2012-13 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess, has worked on her parents’ farm, her uncle’s farm and is currently working at Cabhi Farms in Clymer where she milks cows.

“I was raised on a farm and have always had a passion to support the dairy farmer,” she said. “I feel it is important to have three servings of dairy per day and that it is important to promote that.”

Besides promoting three servings of dairy every day, she spreads the word of how farmers help the environment and how they help cows be comfortable. She has been busy putting on programs at school, participating in various local parades and attending farm meetings, where she reports on her activities and gives an American Dairy Association and Dairy Council update to the farmers attending. Recently she participated in Fuel Up to Play 60, a program that promotes exercise and nutrition, with the students at Clymer Central School.

“That was really fun. We got to play games with the kids,” said Katrina.

She credits the Dairy Princess program and the public speaking that is involved for her becoming “more of a people person.”

She is a member of 4-H Club, where she has done quilting, sewing, cooking, macrame and woodworking and shown Brown Swiss, Holstein and Lineback breeds of cattle. She is also a member of the Chautauqua County Junior Holstein Club.

“I’ve always shown animals,” she said. “This is my last year in 4-H, unfortunately.”

She is the daughter of Bert and Brenda Nickerson. Her father works on his family farm, Nickerson Farms. Her mother was the daughter of a dairy farmer and was the 25th dairy princess. Katrina’s sister, Samantha, is one of the alternate dairy princesses.

“Katrina attended the New York State Dairy Princess pageant in Syracuse last February where there were approximately 20 contestants from throughout New York state. Each girl did oral and written communication, was questioned on product knowledge and interviewed with three judges,” said Robin Ormond, chairperson of the Chautauqua County Dairy Promotion. “Katrina was one of seven finalists. Three girls were selected to be the New York State Dairy Princess Court for 2013-14.”

She went on to say that one of the biggest events the Dairy Princess Court participates in is the Chautauqua County Fair at Dunkirk.

“They are over there all week long promoting dairy products by offering free samples on a daily basis such as milk and cookies, ice cream sundaes and pizza. They also sell dairy-related merchandise,” she said.

Besides the Dairy Princess, the 2012-13 Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Court consists of Alternate Princesses: Samantha Nickerson and Jocelyn Wheeler; and Dairy Ambassadors: Joyce Wiltsie, Sophia Woodis, Madison Woodis, Lily Woodis, Tesika Kilmer, Mackenzie Perry, Ashley Stearns, Kendall Steward, Sadie Steward, Katelyn Miller and Autumn Gregory.

The Chautauqua County Dairy Princess Court meets monthly to discuss upcoming events, as well as past events. The 50th Dairy Princess pageant is June 7 at 7 p.m.. The event will take place at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church. Those interested in attending should make a reservation by calling Mrs. Ormond at 267-5162.