Sara Crego stresses the importance of three-a-day dairy.
Her passion derives from a family legacy of dairy farming along Sorrell Hill Road in Van Buren and has led the 18-year-old Baker graduate to be named the Onondaga County Dairy Princess. After spending a year as a dairy ambassador, Crego competed in a pageant consisting of an interview, proposed educational program teaching children about the importance of dairy and an adult-oriented speech regarding dairy. She was selected in May with a coronation at Skaneateles High School during an ice cream social.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently caught up with the busy teen to ask how she has been handling her reign.
What does it mean to you to be the Onondaga County Dairy Princess?
Being the Onondaga County Dairy Princess means the world to me. The dairy industry is my life and it is truly an honor to be chosen as the princess. This position teaches you a lot about life. You learn communication skills, public presentation skills, time management and how to professionally present yourself to others. I feel that if I was not chosen as the dairy princess, I would not learn these valuable life skills. I am also very proud to support my local dairy farmer.
How do you represent Onondaga County? What are your duties as the OCDP?
I represent Onondaga County by attending local events and visiting schools to share with people the importance of your three-a-day of dairy. I visit schools, pre-schools, nursing homes and day cares to let everyone know the importance of dairy products and that they are full of calcium, protein and phosphorus.
In the state pageant, I represent our county and have the opportunity to become the State Dairy Princess.
How did you feel about spending time at the NYS Fair showing cows?