June 12, 2017
    Hayley Fernandes of Tulare was selected as the 2017 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 9. The crowning took place before a crowd of approximately 250 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Heritage Complex at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.
    Retiring Dairy Princess Annika Atsma ended her reign by turning over the title to Hayley, and wished her well as she represents the California dairy industry throughout the coming year.
    Hayley will represent District 9, which includes Inyo, Mono and Tulare counties. As Dairy Princess, she will play an important role on the CMAB’s Communications Services team in meeting community relations objectives.
    Hayley is the daughter of Frank and Diane Fernandes of Tulare. She attends Mission Oak High School and she is an active participant in FFA. She has shown dairy cows since she was 10 years old and now has her own herd of 15 dairy cattle that she exhibits throughout the United States. Hayley is also a member of the California Holstein Association where she participates on the dairy bowl team for San Joaquin County at the state competition.
    First Alternate, Abbigail Prins, is the daughter Jurgen and Christina Prins of Tulare. She will be a senior at Mission Oak High School in the fall and member of Tulare FFA where she shows dairy cattle and is on the dairy cattle judging team. Abbigail works for her fathers company, J&A Manufacturing, where she helps run and repair equipment in their shop. Abbigail is also a member of the four-time state champion dairy bowl team with the California Junior Holstein Association.
    Abbigail will assist the new District 9 Dairy Princess in her duties, which include speaking on behalf of the California dairy industry at schools, service clubs, with the media, and at numerous public events throughout the year.
    In addition, the Dairy Princess and her Alternate will attend a training session with workshops on presentation development, promoting the California dairy industry and leadership and etiquette tools.
    Along with the excitement of naming the new Dairy Princess, the Tulare County Dairywomen awarded several scholarships to local students. Tulare County Dairywomen Scholarships were given to Peyton Fernandes, Jonna Lemstra and Derrick Nunes. Tulare County Dairy Children Scholarships were awarded to Kendy Amaya, Salvador Guzman and Mario Loza- Nunez. The Master of Ceremonies for the gala event was Marie Pinto of Tulare. Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education and dairy background. Judges for the contest were Lucy Areias of Fresno, Nisa Gallichio of Visalia and Josh Zonneveld of Laton. The event Chairpersons were Kortnee Faria, Melissa Gomes and Amie Pitigliano. The Dairy Princess Contest was catered by Sue Sa’s Creative Catering.
    Finally, the Louie and Tracy Tristao family of Tulare was selected as the 2017 Tulare County Dairy Family of the Year. This year’s program was a partnership between the Tulare County Dairywomen and Tulare Chamber of Commerce.
    California is the nation’s leading milk producer. It also produces more butter and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products made with Real California milk can be identified by the Real California Milk or Real California Cheese seal, which certifies that the products are made exclusively with milk produced on California dairy farms.
    Kris Costa