South Dakota's dairy princess is staying busy in June, which is designated as National Dairy Month.
Bancroft resident Carrie Weaver, who was crowned in March as the 61st South Dakota dairy princess, is making appearances at consumer events to advocate for the dairy industry throughout this month, The Daily Republic reported. Her scheduled appearances include Breakfast on the Farm in Brandon, Dairy Fest in Brookings, MoDak Dairy Open House in Goodwin and Valley Queen Cheeseburger Days in Milbank.
Weaver, 19, was raised on a dairy farm in Bancroft, a community of fewer than 20 people located about 30 miles northeast of Huron. She is responsible for bridging the gap between farmers and consumers.
The dairy princess usually makes appearances at consumer events to talk about the effort that farmers put into their job and to inform people about the importance of including dairy products in their diet, according to the Midwest Dairy Association.
"It's in my veins," said Weaver, who is pursuing a degree as a large animal technician at Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown. "It's all that I know, and I love talking about it."
Weaver said earning the title has changed her life, and her role has helped her become "more confident and more outgoing."
"It was just really different. Before, I would just go to school and do my daily thing," Weaver said. "Now, when I wake up, it's like 'Hey I'm a dairy princess,' and now people want to come up to me and talk to me and congratulate me."
During the summer break from school, Weaver is juggling appearances related to her title and duties at her family's farm. She said her parents have been her No. 1 supporters throughout the process and even made it to Sioux Falls when she got crowned.
"When they got the milking done, they came and saw me get crowned," Weaver said. "Just looking at their faces you could tell they were so proud."