It's Dairy Princess time

Five agriculturally minded teens will compete for the title of Dairy Princess at the 56th annual District 3 Dairy Princess Contest & Ball on Saturday, April 13 at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building.

As a goodwill ambassador for the industry, the Dairy Princess speaks at schools, fairs and various community events, stressing the importance of dairy products.

Makenzie Floyd

Eighteen-year-old Makenzie Floyd is a senior at Sonoma Acadamy who has aspirations of becoming a large animal veterinarian. A resident of Sebastopol, she is the daughter of Linda and Robert Floyd.

An avid volleyball player, Makenzie is also an active volunteer who has successfully raised four companions for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and helped build a school in Ghana for at risk youth with the Disaster Volunteers of Ghana program.

Makenzie has served as 4-H president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and Sergeant at Arms. She won Supreme Senior Replacement Heifer Showman at the 2012 Sonoma County Fair, first place in livestock judging and swine showmanship and a gold pin in the interview skills competition at the state 4-H Field Day.

Though she didn't grow up on a dairy, Makenzie has been volunteering at Beretta Dairy to continue to educate herself and learn all she can about the industry.

"Not growing up on a dairy, the Replacement Heifer Committee allowed me to get to know the dairy industry and develop a love and passion for the animals and business, and for that I am very thankful," said Makenzie. "I wish I had been introduced in to the dairy world earlier and had the land and resources to have my own herd."

Makenzie feels she would be a strong representative for the dairy industry as District 3 Dairy Princess.

"My experience over the years provides me with the unique background to relate to and communicate on a variety of levels with a wide array of people," said Makenzie. "I am resourceful; when I don't know, I find out."

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