Erhardt will face six other county ambassadors in two-day January competition

COURTESY PHOTO - Columbia County Dairy Princess Ambassador Belle Erhardt. She will compete next month for the state title in Salem. Scappoose High School senior Belle Erhardt will be competing for her shot at being named the 2019 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador next month.

Erhardt, 18, was selected as the 2018 Columbia County Dairy Princess Ambassador earlier this year, and has spent her time representing the county by promoting dairy products and educating people about dairy nutrition and what life on a dairy farm is like by visiting schools, fairs and other events, a press release from the Oregon Dairy Women states.

In late January, Erhardt will compete in Salem against six other dairy princess ambassadors from the around the state for the title of Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador. The competition consists of two full days of interviews, speeches and presentations of prepared commercials that promote dairy products.

A coronation banquet will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, where the statewide winner will be selected. The 2019 banquet marks the 60th annual banquet.

Tickets to the coronation banquet can be purchased in advance of the event until Jan. 7 for $50. For more information, call 503-357-9152 or visit

The other state finalists include Samantha Arnold of Clackamas County, Emily Henry of Linn and Benton counties, Donata Doornenbal of Marion County, Allyson Durrer of Tillamook County, Natalie Berry of Washington and Jessica Monroe of Yamhill County.

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