The 50th Tioga County Dairy Princess Coronation was held June 1, 2013 at the Countryside Community Center in Owego, N.Y. One hundred and ten dinner guests were present for the delicious dinner as the three candidates presented their milk promotion speeches with much confidence and poise. Each of the three candidates met individually with the judge before presenting well-prepared and very interesting speech presentations.

Following the judging, Kristy Alexander, daughter of Arlene and Michael Alexander of Barton, N.Y. was crowned the 2013-14 Tioga County Dairy Princess by Taylor Mead, 2012-13 Tioga County Dairy Princess. Alex Aman and Alexis Zuck were selected as 2013-14 Tioga County Dairy Princess Alternates.

Kristy Alexander is presently a junior at Tioga Central High School. She is employed on a 75-cow dairy farm in Owego. Kristy is a member of the 4-H Dairy Club, Cornell Junior Dairy Leaders, YES Leads, National Honor Society, SADD and the Girls Varsity Club. Her plans are to go to college to study Dairy Business/Dairy Nutrition.

A highlight of this year's coronation was the celebration of promoting the dairy industry in Tioga County for 50 years. All of the former dairy "Royalty" were invited to attend a 'meet and greet' reception which took place before the coronation banquet. There were 19 former dairy princesses in attendance.

During the coronation, special recognition of the "Royalty" was given for their dedication and to help celebrate what the program has become and remember those who helped to get them where they are today.

The Carolyn B. Donnelly Memorial Service Award was established in 2008 in recognition of the 45 years of service that Carolyn had given to the dairy princess program. Taylor Mead, 2012-13 Tioga County Dairy Princess, was presented this award in recognition of her dedication and service to the promotion program this past year by Janet Schuster, daughter of Nathan Donnelly and the late Carolyn B. Donnelly.

Tioga County Dairy promotion begins its 50th year of representing the farming industry. The Dairy Princess Program plays a very important part in the promotion of the industry and helps develop the lives of its young ladies as they communicate the nutritional value and health benefits of dairy products to consumers of all ages. The promotion committee appreciates the commitment of the young ladies, their parents and all the individuals and businesses for their support for 50 years to the program.

They salute the dairy farming industry of Tioga County which continues to provide employment and economic growth in the county.