The local dairy industry is now accepting applications from young women wishing to compete for dairy princess in District 1, which includes Del Norte County.

The winner will represent the dairy industry in District 1 as a spokeswoman and will also represent the California dairy industry in appearances at schools, fairs, industry meetings, service clubs, parades and with the media. The newly selected princess will also participate in a week of training that includes industry tours, presentation and etiquette.

Contestants must meet the following requirements: 1) Be at least a junior in high school up to age 21 by contest date; 2) Be unmarried; and 3) Family must own a dairy farm, work for the dairy industry or have a dairy-related background.

Applicants are asked to submit their applications as soon as possible. The application deadline is March 28.

The District 1 contest is sponsored by the District 1 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB). The gala event will be held Friday, May 9, at the River Lodge, 1800 Riverwalk Drive, in Fortuna. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour and is followed by the contest and dinner at 7 p.m.

Current Dairy Princess Andrea Guggenbickler of Loleta will relinquish her crown to the winner, who will represent the dairy industry in Del Norte and Humboldt counties. Scholarships will be awarded.

Application forms may be obtained from Mary Ann Renner at (707) 725-9497, the CMAB office at (209) 525-6875 or they may be accessed online