HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - The Hunterdon County Dairy Promotion Committee has crowned two 2020-2021 County Dairy Princesses.
In light of restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, both Francesca Streicher of Clinton Township and Rebecca Phillips of West Amwell Township will serve area milk producers as princesses.
Hunterdon County has selected a dairy princess each year since 1965, and is one of just a handful of New Jersey counties that still crown a princess annually.
Streicher, daughter of Philippe and Julie Streicher, has been a member of the Mount Airy Dairy 4-H club for almost seven years and is currently serving as the vice president. She served as a Hunterdon County Dairy Ambassador for three years. She is passionate about dairy and enjoys educating the community on the significance of dairy cows and the dairy industry.
Streicher does not live on a farm, but leases cows from Duane and Kathy Young of Holland Valley Farm in Holland Township, who have been mentors during her time in 4-H. She is a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung, where she is president of the Society of Women Engineers club, a Peer Facilitator and a member of the National Honor Society.
Phillips, daughter of Richard and Peggy Phillips, is a senior at South Hunterdon Regional High School. She has been a member of the Mount Airy Dairy 4-H club for eight years and is currently serving as the president.
Through the club, Rebecca has been able to breed and show her own Holstein cattle, but she doesn’t live on a dairy farm, instead keeping her animals at Spring Run Dairy (Dan Lyness) in Alexandria Township.
She has served as a Hunterdon County Dairy Ambassador for eight years and is looking forward to promoting Hunterdon’s dairy industry.
In school, Phillips is an active member of the South Hunterdon Regional FFA Chapter where she serves as the reporter. She is also a member of the varsity field hockey, basketball and softball teams, and participates in the Key Club and Peer Leaders program.
Both new princesses are quite familiar with what they’ll be doing because they have older sisters who previously served as Hunterdon dairy princesses: Streicher’s sister Carmela was princess 2018-2019 and Phillips’s sister, Sarah Phillips, was princess 2010-2011.
Sarah Phillips heads the county Dairy Promotion Committee and said that since the state princess pageant this year was canceled because of Covid-19, the Hunterdon group decided to name two princesses.
“We made this decision because both girls have been such great advocates in the program and we felt like they both deserved an opportunity, especially since they will not have a chance to run for the state title,” she said.