INDIANAPOLIS – Annie Rose Achen of Ambia was selected as the 2012-13 Dairy Princess for the American Dairy Association of Indiana. The crowning took place before a crowd of dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Tuesday, July 24, at the Embassy Suites North in Indianapolis. Annie Rose age, 17, is the daughter of Craig and Cindy Achen. She represented Dean Foods in the 2012 Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship Program. After graduating Benton Central High School, she plans on attending Ivey Tech’s Pathway to Purdue to pursue a career in agricultural business. Following a personal interview, Annie spoke on how dairy farmers care for their cows, the environment and the wholesome products they produce.
Retiring Princess Mallarie Stookey, of Milford, ended her reign by turning over the title to Annie Rose and wished her well as she represents the Indiana Dairy Industry throughout the coming year. Annie Rose will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Indiana’s dairy farmers during the year by making a number of public appearances and participating in promotional events. As the Indiana Dairy Princess, Achen will receive a $1000 scholarship from the American Dairy Association along with other gifts of appreciation from sponsors.
Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education, and dairy knowledge. Judges for the contest included Bobbi Bates – Special Events & Entertainment Coordinator at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Dave Blower – Editor of Farm World publication and Janelle Thompson – Public Information Office with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Indiana has approximately 1500 dairy farms that produce the wholesome, nutritious product – milk. Indiana dairy farmers produce over 3.5 billion pounds of milk annually and the state is the second-largest producer of ice cream. As Dairy Princess, Annie Rose will be educating the public and her peers on the importance of dairy to Indiana’s economy and to Hoosier health.