INDIANAPOLIS – Mallarie Stookey of Milford was selected as the 2011-12 Dairy Princess for the American Dairy Association of Indiana. The crowning took place before a crowd of dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Tuesday, July 26, at the Embassy Suites North in Indianapolis. Mallarie age, 17, is the daughter of Jeff and Marla Stookey. She represented the Indiana Jersey Cattle Club in the 2011 Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship Program. Mallarie is a senior at Warsaw Community High School and plans to attend Purdue University and major in agriculture or pursue a degree in veterinary science. Once she obtains her degree she plans to return to the family farm and work side-by-side with her father.
Retiring Princess Elles Niessen, of Lewisville, ended her reign by turning over the title to Mallarie and wished her well as she represents the Indiana Dairy Industry throughout the coming year. Mallarie will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Indiana’s dairy farmers during the year by making a number of public appearances and participating in promotional events. As the Indiana Dairy Princess, Stookey will receive a $1000 scholarship from the American Dairy Association along with other gifts of appreciation from sponsors.
Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education, and dairy knowledge. Judges for the contest included Dave Blower – editor of Farm World publication, Dr. Corine Carr – Founder and CEO of Corine Carr and Associates Nutrition Services, and Meg Osborn - Owner of MEG & Associates Event Planning, Management and Promotions.
Indiana has approximately 1600 dairy farms that produce the wholesome, nutritious product – milk. Indiana dairy farmers produce over 3 billion pounds of milk annually and the state is the second-largest producer of ice cream. As Dairy Princess, Mallarie will be educating the public and her peers on the importance of dairy to Indiana’s economy and to Hoosier health.