Mahoney crowned Dairy Princess
By Sue Sullivan
CANNON FALLS -- Jessica Mahoney, a senior at Pine Island High School, was crowned 2008 Goodhue County Dairy Princess on Saturday by outgoing Princess Anne Spillman of Cannon Falls.
"I was so nervous," said Mahoney, daughter of Greg and Kris Mahoney of Pine Island.
Also voted Miss Congeniality by the other six candidates, Mahoney was sponsored by Goodhue County DHIA.
Her attendants are Karissa Olsen and Carrie Sauter, both of Cannon Falls.
Each candidate chose her favorite milk campaign slogan. Mahoney chose "Body By Milk" because of "the nutrition and the nine essential vitamins and minerals supplied by milk."
As an active Pine Island senior, Mahoney participates in cheerleading, FFA, 4-H, Junior Holstein Club, choir, and band, where she plays percussion.
During her reign, Mahoney's goals are to promote dairy for its health values, have "tons of fun" and become one of the 12 finalists in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way contest.
The royalty will be sent to the Princess Kay training seminar in May.
Several other awards were given out at the ceremony. Joel and Sarah Pettit of Zumbrota nabbed premier dairyman honors Zumbrota View Farms of Zumbrota won the milk quality award.
Herd production winners were: Larry Lexvold Family of Goodhue with 67 cows; Voth Dairy of Goodhue with 276 cows; Forss Dairy of Zumbrota with 88 cows; Dicke Family of Goodhue with 166 cows; and Vangsness Brothers of Kenyon with 67 cows.
Next year's banquet will be held on March 28.