TA Teen Picked As Va. Dairy Princess

Kristina Callender Began Showing Cattle At Age 5

Posted: February 15, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A local teen is representing the state as the Virginia Dairy Princess.


Kristina Callender, 17, daughter of Donald and Teresa Callender, secured the role during last month’s Virginia State Dairy and Beef Convention.


Callender, a senior at Turner Ashby High School, is the seventh generation of her family to work in the dairy industry. She works on her family’s farm, Walkup Holsteins, just south of Harrisonburg, mostly caring for the calves.


She started showing dairy cattle at the age of 5 and now cares for the farm’s show animals.


Callender, a member of the Rockingham County 4-H Dairy Club and the Turner Ashby FFA chapter, will be eligible for a $500 scholarship after completing her yearlong duties. She must make a minimum of 20 appearances to earn the scholarship but will likely make more than 30.


Last year’s Virginia Dairy Princess, Molly Elgin, of Culpeper attended nearly 40 events throughout the state in 2012.


The dairy princess historically attends an array of fairs, mall promotions and an annual event for children at the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, to name a few. The program is designed to promote the consumption and sale of dairy products and to create better relationships with consumers.


Callender’s first scheduled event is Monday, when she’ll speak with state legislators in Richmond.


Contact Candace Sipos at 574-6275 or csipos@dnronline.com

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