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St. Helens teen vies for title of Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador

Coronation banquet to be held in late January

Lucy Kyle-MilardA St. Helens teen will compete against five others for the title of 2016 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Lucy Kyle-Milward, a 19-year-old from St. Helens, was crowned the Columbia County Dairy Princess Ambassador in June 2015, and will represent the county in the two-day, statewide competition hosted in Salem by the Oregon Dairy Women, a nonprofit group that promotes the dairy industry.

As the current Columbia County Dairy Princess-Ambassador, Kyle-Milward keeps busy giving educational presentations about dairy to students at Otto Petersen Elementary School and at the Oregon State Fair, and has been involved in parades and agriculture festivals around the area.

“I definitely enjoy attending fairs because I get to interact with all the youth who are excited about showing their animals for the first time,” Kyle-Milward said.

Kyle-Milward will be competing against five other county princesses for the state title for the first time. However, she has been volunteering with the organization since she was an eighth-grader.

A member of the Columbia County 4-H, Kyle-Milward has also been showing jersey cows with for several years, a hobby she got involved with through her brother.

“I enjoy spreading the story of milk while also improving my personal skills, such as public speaking,” Kyle-Milward said in a press release.

During an interview, she also said she enjoys getting to interact with large groups of people at state fairs and other public events.

Kyle-Milward is currently enrolled as a freshman at Oregon State University, where she majors in accounting and finance.

The 57th annual Oregon Dairy Princess-Ambassador coronation banquet will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Salem Convention Center at 5:30 p.m,. Tickets to attend are $40 per adult and $15 per child. For information call 503-357-9152.