The 2019 Rice County Dairy Banquet was held Saturday evening at the American Legion in Lonsdale. Five Dairy Maids were recognized and three Junior Dairy Ambassadors. A very nice dinner was served by the Pizzeria 201 from Montgomery. There was a very large crowd in attendance because of changes over the years that allows more youth to be involved.

Years ago it was just a Dairy Princess program. Now younger girls can be involved as a Dairy Maid and Junior Dairy Maid. Guys can be involved as Ambassadors and Junior Ambassadors. Years ago the parents had to be dairy farmers. Today if your parents work on a dairy farm the children can participate. In addition if you are raising or showing dairy cattle you can participate.

The Dairy Maids: Jacy Saemrow daughter of Gordon and Hindy Saemrow of Waterville, Emma Kuball daughter of Nathan and Shannon Kuball of Waterville, Brooke Johnson daughter of Jill Ellingson and Marshall Johnson of Faribault, Karlie DeGrood daughter of Pat and Clarice DeGrood of Faribault, and Charlotte Thompson daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Thompson of New Prague.

The Junior Ambassadors are Keegan Kuball the son of Nathan and Shannon Kuball of Waterville, Jobb Saemrow son of Gordon and Hindy Saemrow of Waterville, and Ethan Cage son of Lisa and Elliott Cage of Waterville.