Erie County Dairy Princess 2014 Elizabeth Kron poses with Dairy Ambasssadors Natlie Strub, Holly Niefergold and Heather Niefergold
SPRINGVILLE—From cows to tractors, princesses to pizza eating contests and just about everything in between, the 2014 Dairy-Ag Fest proved that 26 might just be a magic number.
Starting off June 6 with the Springville-Griffith Institute Drive Your Tractor to School Day, the festival ran throughout the weekend bringing smiles and music to the streets of Springville. The Saturday morning parade included floats boasting this year’s theme of Thank-you Farmers, military vehicles, antique tractors, marching bands and mini-bike groups.
Plastic ducks floated down Spring Creek and farm tours were conducted, an amusement park was set up at the Skate Park and kids and adults showed off their skills in ice cream and pizza eating contests. Festival goers had the chance to watch a youth basketball tournament and walk through a Civil War encampment.
Elizabeth Kron was crowned the 2014-15 Erie County Dairy Princess during the festival and Melissa Schiralli and Leila Richmond were crowned alternates. Kron, who grew up on a sheep farm in Alden is currently a junior at Medaille College, majoring in business administration.
After graduation, Kron plans to enter the agriculture field.
“My passion is educating the public,” she said. “And agriculture is important to everyone, even if you don’t realize it.”
Kron served as an alternate last year, which gave her the opportunity to learn more about the dairy industry.
“Last year I learned a lot about the dairy industry since I don’t actually live on a dairy farm,” the princess said. “And it is so important that you are always learning about the agriculture industry.”
As Erie County Dairy Princess, Kron is expected to appear at fairs, festivals and parades. She and her alternates will educate the public about the dairy industry and present educational material at elementary schools. Right now, Kron’s favorite part of being named Dairy Princess is the reaction she gets from children on her dress and crown, but she is looking forward to educating the public about the importance of agriculture and a dairy-rich diet. “Milk includes nine essential nutrients,” Kron said. “Remember to have your three dairy products a day.”
Other winners from the festival are as follows:
Main Street Pizza eating contest: Jason Piscitelli, Springville, ages 8-11; Elizabeth Osburn, ages 12-15 and Nathan Woodring, Springville, ages 16 and up. Trading Post ice cream eating contest: Kellie Phair, ages 5-7; Serenity Heim, ages 8-11; Brookelynn Smith, ages 12-15 and Desiree Bojanowski, ages 16 and up. Salvatore’s Stromboli Pizza eating contest: Mark Glass, of Springville for ages 13-15 and Ryan Ganschow, of Springville, for ages 16-18.
Lynn Winfield, of Springville and Eileen Bunn, of Eden, won the name the calf contest for their names of Buttercup and Maybelle, respectively. Springville residents Rachel Dispenza and Tom Witt won name the goat contest for Maverick and Goat-tee. Parade winners were the Assembly of God Church, division one; St. Aloysius Regional School, division two and Field and Stream, division three.
Lilia Dinse, S. Lindell and Oasis Bed and Breakfast took first, second and third in the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ducky Derby. Emerling’s Car Cruise first place winners were Ron Henry in the car division and Lyle Emerson in the truck division, Frank Fleming and Wayne Koch were runners-up for cars and Derek Mortiz and Buck Eder took the runner-up honor for trucks.
The downtown window painting competition first place winner was the former Beans and Brew, painted by high school students Morgan Mansfield, Kourtney Keys, Kierstin Komenda and Emyle Watkins. Second place went to Springville Hardware, painted by middle school students Dominic Hartenstein, Julia Burgard, Katelynn Steinmentz, Ava Larkin and Abby Umlauf and third place went to the Springville Journal, painted by elementary students Daniel Komenda, Nathan Cudney, Ava Dziak, Sara Ehlers, Katie Wolf and Mabel Robinson. The $1,000 Springville shopping spree went to lucky winner Myrtle Wollschlager of Springville, out of 2,000 entries.