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Scappoose High School junior wins crown, will take part in county fair and rodeo this summer

Columbia County has a new dairy princess ambassador.

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY DAIRY WOMEN - Belle Erhardt of Scappoose was crowned the 2018-19 Columbia County Dairy Princess Ambassador.Belle Erhardt was crowned 2018-19 Columbia County Dairy Princess Ambassador on May 6 during a coronation ceremony.

Erhardt will represent the county at events throughout the state, talking about dairy farming and dairy products.

Erhardt will also represent Columbia County at the Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador contest next January in Salem.

A junior at Scappoose High School, Erhardt is a member of the school's leadership team, serving on student government. She's also an accomplished athlete in varsity basketball, softball and cross-country, according to Pam Heimuller, advertising chair for the Columbia County Dairy Women.

She's also noted as an "avid volunteer in her community where she has assisted, planned and participated in fundraisers for Brian's Relay, Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Gorge Forest Fire," Heimuller adds.

Erhardt is the daughter of Dave and Jenny Erhardt of Scappoose. She has two brothers, Cody and Cole.

After graduation, the new dairy princess ambassador plans to study computer engineering.

Erhardt is a member of Rose Valley 4H Club where she has shown both Angus beef and Jersey dairy cattle and won champion and reserve champion. Her favorite dairy breed is Brown Swiss, which she plans to show, along with a Holstein, for 4H this summer. Erhardt will take part of festivities at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo, participating in the Dairy Show on opening day Wednesday, July 18, and in the milkshake booth.

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