LADIES OF THE COURT — Pictured, from left: Magdalene Richmond, last year’s dairy princess; Elizabeth Kron, this year’s runner-up; Nicole Achtyl, this year’s princess, and Claudia Hauslauer, the second alternate dairy princess. Photos by Nicole Hebdon.
SPRINGVILLE — Nicole Achtyl was crowned the Erie County Dairy princess on May 31, during the WNY Dairy/Agricultural Festival.
Magdalene Richmond, the 2012-13 princess, crowned Achtyl, the runner up, Elizabeth Kron and the 13 members of the dairy princess court. The candidates were judged by April Hartloff, Mary Richmond and Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo.
Achtyl and Kron’s duties will include handing out ribbons at local fairs, appearing and speaking at agricultural events and promoting the dairy industry to students. Achtyl will also attend a summer camp, which is designed to educate participants about the importance of agriculture.
“I feel like one of the biggest things that I learned was that you need to be educated about what you’re speaking about,” Achtyl said, about what the dairy princess program has taught her, so far. “You need to be educated, to educate others.”
The program will allow the girls to teach younger children about the importance of a dairy-rich diet, during fairs and other events. “Milk times three is good for you,” said Kron. “Try to have three servings of dairy, a day, and it will help your health.”
CROWNED BEAUTIES — Elizabeth Kron and Nicole Achtyl smile together, during the crowning ceremony.
Aubrey Gerhardt, Brooke Gerhardt, Shannon LaDuca, Elizabeth Lippert, Isabelle Lippert, Loretta Lippert, Roberta Lippert, Grace Molenda, Holly Niefergold, Leila Richmond, Corrin Sacilowski, Melissa Schiralli, and Natalie Strub were crowned dairy princess ambassadors.