A dream come true
County dairy princess takes on role as Pa. Dairy Princess
Published: October 6, 2013
Lu-Anne Antisdel, 18, held aspirations of becoming the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess ever since she found out such a position existed, and on Sept. 21 after a three-day competition filled with 36 other hopefuls, her dreams came true.
Daughter of Mike Antisdel and Jeanne Hillman of Rome, Lu-Anne has lived her whole life on a dairy farm, which today is home to 125 dairy cows and about 75 calves and heifers. Lu-Anne will hold the position for a year, and the recent Northeast Bradford High School graduate said she is waiting a year to attend Slippery Rock University for physical therapy so she can better fulfill her duties as state dairy princess.
Lu-Anne will also be helping out on the family farm when she can as well as working at Sam’s Restaurant.
When asked why she has chosen physical therapy as opposed to an agricultural major, Lu-Anne said, “I will always live on a dairy farm of some type if I can, and I will still promote the dairy industry, just without the crown and sash.”
She also isn’t ruling out the possibility of having a career in the dairy industry.
“Most girls who have run through the program end up with internships at the Center for Dairy Excellence, and it’s always possible I change my mind. I know a lot of people do at my age.”
She said dairy farming is a part of her and something she loves to do, and although she agreed it is hard work for the amount of money made, “If you love something then it doesn’t really matter.”
Aside from her life experience helping on a dairy farm, Lu-Anne is clearly a natural leader and spokesperson, as evidenced by the multitude of events she has attended since she started her involved in dairy promotion at age 9. During the state dairy princess contest, Lu-Anne received an honorable mention for the speech she gave, which she said focused on two points.
“I want to reach out to consumers who aren’t that knowledgeable on the dairy industry and I want to be able to talk to younger kids about dairy products and their benefits,” she explained.
Although she was named Bradford County Dairy Princess on May 25, her first opportunity to reach out on a state level came Friday, at the Farm City Day expo in Harrisburg.
Lu-Anne said she taught inner-city children about dairy related topics and also helped them milk a plastic demonstration cow.
She said she is very excited about being able to branch out to new locations to fulfill her role as dairy princess.
“I want to get out there and tell the story of dairy farming. There are much more things that go on than just cows sitting in a field, I want to share real experiences,” she said. “It’s easy for someone to drive by a group of cows and not understand what goes on, there are no vacations and it’s an all day job.”
“I want people to understand that farmers are mechanics, land stewards and veterinarians all in one, and that is what I want to bring to not only my community, but now the state.”
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: email@example.com.