CLINTON TWP., NJ - In celebration of National Dairy Month, Hunterdon County has a new Dairy Princess, Carmela Streicher of the township.

After completing an in-person interview, giving a formal speech and showing a program that she would present to school children, she was chosen to represent the Hunterdon dairy industry. Carmela succeeds Gianna Novak of Delaware Township and will serve for the next year.

Hunterdon has selected a dairy princess each year since 1965, one of just a handful of New Jersey counties crowning a princess annually for more than 50 years. They make various public appearances at fairs, events, meetings and supermarkets to encourage the use of milk and dairy products, mentioning the health benefits and other reasons.

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Carmela, a daughter of Phil and Julie Streicher, has been very active in the Mount Airy Dairy 4-H Club, serving as an officer, committee chairperson and mentor for younger members. Not living on a farm did not hamper her in getting involved with dairying; she leases cows from Duane and Kathy Young of Holland Valley Farm in Holland Township. She is a member of the varsity volleyball team at Immaculata High School in Somerville, where she’ll be a senior. She also participates in Model UN.

Carmela will be supported by her 2018-2019 dairy ambassadors. These are girls who assist and support the Dairy Princess at her events, as well as take on their own responsibilities to promote the industry. Dairy Ambassadors learn skills such as public speaking, preparing a presentation, and networking to prepare them to run for Dairy Princess in the future.

The New Hunterdon Dairy Ambassadors are Rachel Ewing, Cassidy Hunt, Josephine Kohanski, Annabelle Majorossy, Rebecca Phillips and Francesca Streicher. Carmela and the ambassadors will be at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, which runs Aug. 22 to 26 at the South County Park near Ringoes. Be sure to stop by the Dairy Den on Friday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m., when Carmela and the Dairy Ambassadors will be giving away free ice cream sundaes.

Dairy Month started out 80 years ago as National Milk Month as a way to promote drinking milk. It was created in 1937 to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus, but over time developed into an annual tradition that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made to the world. After the National Dairy Council stepped in to promote the cause, the name was changed to Dairy Month and serves to both highlight the benefits of milk products and feature the hard-working dairy farmers.