Connie Louise Frasier of Mohawk, NY, was crowned Herkimer County’s 2017-2018 Dairy Princess during the 54th annual pageant on April 28, 2017.
The 16-year-old, barrel-racing daughter of Harvey and Connie Frasier, grew up on a certified organic grass fed dairy and says one of the reasons she pursued the Dairy Princess title was to support her family.
“My grandparents, parents, two brothers, and sister-in-laws all milk cows,” reports the home-schooled 12th grader. “We all rely on our farm income for all of our efforts. It is a love for the Industry! The farmers put in many hours and don’t always have time for promoting products. This is why the Dairy Princess and her Court take over!”
Frasier’s Court consists of Dairy Princess Alternate Ashley Teachout and Ambassador Natalie Teachout, daughters of Scott and Heather Teachout of Richfield Springs; Ambassador Katie Livingston, daughter of Donald and Karen Livingston of West Winfield; and Ambassador Izabella Allen, daughter of Jason and Courtney Vickerson of Richfield Springs.
“Being crowned the Herkimer County Dairy Princess for 2017 has placed me in a new environment — in a good way!” remarked Frasier. “I am finding out what the public does not know about farming.”
Recently Fraiser and her Court had the opportunity to educate not only the public but baseball players, as well, when they took part in a dairy presentation at the Diamond Dawgs’ vs the Glens Falls Dragons baseball game in the Veteran’s Memorial Park.
“Events like these are very important,” commented Frasier. “Due to a slumping economy and farmers losing milk markets, we really need to educate!” she emphasized, admitting that at events like these she discovered that she takes her knowledge for granted.
Richfield Springs dairy farmer/Herkimer BOCES School To Career (STC) Agriculture Committee member, Tina Douglas has been active in the Herkimer Co. Dairy Princess Program for several years.
“This is a fun event for the girls,” said Douglas. “They get to interact with the fans in a relaxed and social way. They work as a team to share the free ice cream and yogurt. Connie supplied the announcer with dairy facts to tell the fans.”
“I had many opportunities to talk one-on-one to the game fans myself,” said Frasier enthusiastically. “And my court was able to hand deliver ice cream and yogurt to everyone. By doing this we had many dairy conversations with the public. This is why I decided to run for dairy princess!” laughs Frasier. “I like to talk! I get to tell people about farmers and farming! I get to promote the dairy products.”
Two-year-old Blake Hoose along with sister, 8-year-old, Jaelynn Hoose and Mom, Rachael Hoose of Little Falls, were delighted with the event.
“It was an agricultural night and the dairy princess is promoting hard working Herkimer County dairy farmers. Free ice cream and yogurt are always great! The cow and animals are fun for the kids who don’t always get to experience them.”
Pandora the Painted Cow, from Mike Settle’s dairy farm in St. Johnsville, attended the event with her new calf and her owner Stephanie Arndt.
Settle, a committee member for the New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education, provided an opportunity for folks to try to milk Pandora, so they could see where their milk actually comes from.
“We live next door to a 1,200 cow dairy farm and it was my daughter JaeLynn’s first time milking a cow, it’s all she talked about!” remarked Hoose.
Settle said, “It’s important that people involved in the animal industry reach out whenever they can in order to not only tell the truth about agriculture, but also to give people a good experience with animals. This will help people to recognize statements that are false or misleading and they will have the memories that make them question the falsehoods. It is a good event. Many people who normally are not at agricultural events get exposure during this baseball game.”
Douglas says items with a dairy message, such as coloring books, cups and prizes are taken home by attendees reminding them of the message of trying to eat 3 servings of dairy every day.
“We appreciate the product support from Mr. Shakes in Richfield Springs and Maple Hill Creamery,” said Douglas. “The Frasier’s ship their milk to Maple Hill Creamery, so we are proud to share a local product to help encourage the consumer to try it — and then later purchase it for their families.”
Douglas remarked that Katie Entwistle owns Mr. Shakes and her family is the Entwistle Brothers Farm in Litchfield. “We thank them both for the donations.”
Frasier said she would also like to thank the Herkimer Veterinarian Associates and all other sponsors “for sponsoring Dairy Day at the Diamond Dawgs’ game.”
To invite Herkimer County Dairy Princess Connie Louise Frasier and her Court to your event, contact her at 315-868-2231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.