Damascus dairy princess eyes state coronation
When Barlow High grad Samantha Arnold began leasing and caring for a dairy heifer at Boring's Cloud-Cap Farms, she never predicted it would eventually lead to royalty.
The 21-year-old Clackamas Community College student has been named a finalist for Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador. She said she has her sights set on claiming the title.
"I've learned my background, not growing up in this industry, has given me a perspective that is relevant and relatable to the public," Arnold said.
Arnold joined Clackamas County 4-H five years ago, and was introduced to the dairy industry when she showed her heifer at the Clackamas County Fair. She went on to represent local farmers as the Clackamas County Dairy Princess Ambassador before she was named a finalist for the state title.
As Clackamas dairy royalty, Arnold has been busy despite speedbumps with the pandemic. She visited with hundreds of students virtually and participated in several digital and in-person events.
Now, she is wading into the competitive state events surrounding the dairy industry.
The 2020 Oregon Dairy Princess Jaime Evers and Alternate Taysha Veeman will pass their titles during the Oregon Dairy Women's 62nd annual Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador Coronation Banquet on Saturday, May 29, at the Oregon Garden Resort. Oregon Dairy Women is a nonprofit organization that promotes the dairy industry through outreach and education.
Arnold will join the other finalists for two days of interviews, speeches and prepared commercials promoting dairy products. The winner will be crowned at the conclusion of Saturday's banquet. If chosen, Arnold can look forward to hundreds of elementary school presentations, civic organization speaking engagements and public appearances.
The event will be live streamed. Visit oregondairywomen.com to register.
The other finalists are Bella Giraud of Benton County, Gracie Krahn of Linn County, Madelyn Nicklous of Marion County, and Libby Glassley of Yamhill-Polk County.
This spring, Arnold plans on transferring to Portland State University to pursue a career related to Oregon's dairy community. She also continues to work at Cloud-Cap Farms milking and feeding calves.
"Working on farms and immersing myself in the dairy community has given me the opportunity to become a reliable advocate," Arnold said.
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