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Ruthven Native Competing For State Dairy Princess

By Staff | Aug 10, 2017


ANKENY – An Emmetsburg High School graduate is among 13 young women competing for the title of 64th Iowa State Dairy Princess Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Jenna Chapman, the daughter of Dave and Lisa Chapman of Ruthven, is the 2017 Iowa Holstein Princess

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 winners are chosen on the basis of their knowledge and enthusiasm about dairy, personality and communication ability during judging8. 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 2016-17 Iowa Dairy Princess is Katelyn Goldsmith, daughter of Jim and Kristi Goldsmith of Earlville, and the Alternate Princess is Shana Hilgerson, daughter of Scott and Suzy Hilgerson of Elkader. Their reigns will be completed at the end of the Iowa State Fair, and the new Princess and Alternate will begin their duties Sept. 1.

Midwest Dairy Association is a nonprofit organization funded by dairy farmers and works on their behalf to increase dairy sales, foster innovation and inspire consumer confidence in dairy products and practices. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.