The 2002 Crow Wing County Dairy Princess Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brainerd National Guard Armory.
A turkey and ham dinner will be served from 7 to 8 p.m. with a program, coronation and dance to follow. A reunion of past candidates will commemorate the 20th year of the dairy princess banquet in Crow Wing County.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6.50 for children 12 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the door, from Crow Wing County American Dairy Association board members, contestants or by calling 828-1998.
Crow Wing County 2002 dairy princess contestants are Cassie Jabs and Maggie Nelson.
Jabs, 18, is the daughter of Marie and Al Jabs and lives on a dairy farm southeast of Brainerd. She has two brothers and one sister and is a senior at Brainerd High School. She enjoys singing, journalism and shopping. She is a member of the National Honor Society, high school choir and writes for the school newspaper. She plans to attend St. Cloud State University and major in graphic design and/or public relations. Her favorite dairy product is yogurt.
Nelson, 14, is the daughter of Ron and Barb Nelson and lives on a dairy farm south of Brainerd. She has five brothers and one sister and attends Franklin Junior High School. She is involved in 4-H, FFA, Youth in Government, choir and band. She enjoys managing her herd of goats, showing cattle and spending time with family and friends. Her favorite dairy product is milk.
The banquet is sponsored by Ag Star Financial Services; Al Olson Express LLC; Al's IBA' AMPI; Athman Dairy; Brad Irwin, Farm Business Management instructor; Crow Wing Power; Dairy Farmers of America; Farmers and Merchants State Bank; First National Bank of Deerwood; J.B. Schommer Insurance; Jerome Marshik; Jerry Hayes; Long Prairie Packing Co.; Melrose Milk Proteins; NFO; Northland Drilling Co.; Norway Ridge Farms; Pioneer Mutual Insurance; Sunrise Ag; Tri-County Livestock Auction; Upsala Co-op; Wally Thesing Casino Tours; and Woitalla Service in conjunction with the American Dairy Association.
The dairy princesses are ambassadors to the dairy industry and can be seen throughout the year visiting classrooms, appearing in parades and speaking out on behalf of the dairy industry.
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