Pierson will represent county, promote dairy products
Sara Pierson, of St. Paul, is the 2014 Marion County dairy princess and ambassador. Her coronation was May 13 at the Red Lion Inn in Salem.
Pierson, daughter of Steve and Susan Pierson, is a senior at St. Paul High School with plans to attend Oregon State?University in the fall and major in food science.
She is active in sports and works at Sar-Ben Farms, her familys fifth-generation dairy farm.
As part of her coronation, Pierson gave a speech titled Cows Come First in Our Family, presented a TV commercial demonstrating the benefits of drinking milk after a hard days work and answered an impromptu question.
As dairy princess/ambassador, Pierson will represent Marion County dairy farm families and will promote dairy products. In addition, she will compete for the title of Oregon dairy princess/ambassador in January.
She and retiring 2013 princess/ambassador Jessica Brawley will receive education scholarships.
Scholarship sponsors are Marion County Dairy Women, Woodburn Livestock Exchange, Cascade Dairy Service, Greenbriar Ag Management, Oak Lea Mixers, VandeBurgt & Co., Ernst Irrigation, Buchanan Cellars/Valley Feed, Ag West Supply, All West/Select Sires, Excel Dairy Service, Mount Angel Creamery Youth Trust, Woodburn Veterinary Clinic, DeLaval Direct and Pamona Grange No. 4.
Four $2,000 scholarships were awarded to Ryan DeJager, of Jefferson, Sophia Kuenzi, of Mount Angel, Peter Hiemstra, of Salem, and Katie Brawley, of Stayton.
Bernice Dyk, of Aumsville, was honored with the annual appreciation award. Dyk is a former dairy farm owner and the oldest living member of Marion County Dairy Women.
To schedule an appearance with Sara Pierson, call Jessie DeJager at 503-588-9092.