Sep
09

Dairy princess hails from B'ville



Erin Smith 09/09/08More articles
Sara Crego stresses the importance of three-a-day dairy.

Her passion derives from a family legacy of dairy farming along Sorrell Hill Road in Van Buren and has led the 18-year-old Baker graduate to be named the Onondaga County Dairy Princess. After spending a year as a dairy ambassador, Crego competed in a pageant consisting of an interview, proposed educational program teaching children about the importance of dairy and an adult-oriented speech regarding dairy. She was selected in May with a coronation at Skaneateles High School during an ice cream social.

The Baldwinsville Messenger recently caught up with the busy teen to ask how she has been handling her reign.

What does it mean to you to be the Onondaga County Dairy Princess?
Being the Onondaga County Dairy Princess means the world to me. The dairy industry is my life and it is truly an honor to be chosen as the princess. This position teaches you a lot about life. You learn communication skills, public presentation skills, time management and how to professionally present yourself to others. I feel that if I was not chosen as the dairy princess, I would not learn these valuable life skills. I am also very proud to support my local dairy farmer.

How do you represent Onondaga County? What are your duties as the OCDP?
I represent Onondaga County by attending local events and visiting schools to share with people the importance of your three-a-day of dairy. I visit schools, pre-schools, nursing homes and day cares to let everyone know the importance of dairy products and that they are full of calcium, protein and phosphorus.

In the state pageant, I represent our county and have the opportunity to become the State Dairy Princess.

How did you feel about spending time at the NYS Fair showing cows?
I love the Great New York State Fair! There's nothing better than waking up at 3 a.m. to wash cows and watch the sun rise. The fair gives people a chance at experiences they normally wouldn't get and that everyone should have.

What has been your experience with a dairy farm?
My family operated a dairy farm for 26 years in Baldwinsville. We sold the cows in 1995, but still own the land where today we grow corn and pumpkins every year. Dairy farming runs in the family, my father ran the farm his father once ran, so I hope to run the same farm my dad and grandfather once ran.

When the cows were sold, I was only five and didn't have a lot to do with a farm until I got older. While I was in school I started to work on a dairy farm where we milk 320 Holsteins. When I was in my last four years of high school I worked four nights a week milking cows and feeding calves.

Other than dairy, what are your other interests, hobbies, goals?
I like to hunt, be with my family, hang with friends and go shopping with my sister Corey. I'm also the president of Onondaga County 4-H, a member of On-wego Holstein Club, New York Junior Holstein Association, Brown Swiss Association, New York Junior Dairy Leader program and a high honor roll recipient at Baldwinsville High School, Class of 2008.

I'm attending Morrisville State College where I will major in dairy science.

If you would like Sara to speak to your organization or classroom, call Karen or Brynn Dennis at 655-9837 or visit onondagacountydairypromotion.com.


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EDITION: Baldwinsville Messenger


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