The Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet is Saturday, April 8, at DeSales School in Ossian.
The meal will be served from 7 to 8 p.m. with the awards program starting at 8 p.m. A Swiss steak and pork cutlet dinner will be served by U2 catering from Calmar. The DHIA awards and several other individual awards will be handed out, along with the crowning of this year's royalty and scholarship awards.
New this year will be several silent auction items with profits going to future scholarships. Numerous door prizes will be drawn, including an engraved crock, several gift certificates, dairy products, and many other prizes.

Dairy princess
This year’s dairy princess candidate Jessica Schmitt is the 17-year-old daughter of Carl and Terry Schmitt of Fort Atkinson.
She has one older sister, and her family milks 50 Holstein dairy cows. Jessica has her own herd consisting of Guernseys, Ayrshires and Brown Swiss.
The Schmitt family sells its milk to Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. They farm 300 acres of corn, soybeans, hay and oats.
Jessica is a junior at Turkey Valley Schools in Jackson Junction with plans to attend Iowa State University after graduation from high school.
She is involved in many activities. In 4-H she is president of Turkey Valley Clovers and vice president of Winneshiek County 4-H Council. In school, she is president of the newly formed Turkey Valley FFA, a football and basketball cheerleader and a member of the trap shooting team. She also is involved in speech, musical, choir, student senate and Youth Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol.
In her community, she is active in Girl Scouts and church. She also is active in the dairy industry showing cattle at the county and state fairs, dairy judging at the state fair and Louisville, Ky. She also has attended Youth Dairy Coalition and Dairy Quiz Bowl. Her sponsor for the contest is Prairie Farms Dairy Inc.

Little Miss Squirts
There are two candidates for Little Miss Squirt this year.
Elora Schnitzler is the 10-year-old daughter of Pete Schnitzler and Elyse Running of Decorah.
She has one brother and one sister. Her father is employed at the John and Roxanne Schnitzler/Eric and Jess Rediske farm of Decorah. They milk 75 Holstein cows, and the milk is sold to AMPI.
Elora is a 4th grade student at Carrie Lee Elementary and a member of Burr Oak Blazing Builders. Elora has shown calves in the PeeWee Dairy and Clover Kids Bucket Bottle shows. On the farm she helps with feeding and bedding calves, cleaning the parlor and raking the free stall barn stalls. Her hobbies include sewing, softball and gymnastics.
Hanna Vagts is the 9-year-old daughter of Derrick and Sara Vagts of Calmar.
She has one brother and one sister. Her parents assist at Linderidge Dairy, who have 100 Holsteins and sell their milk to Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. They also farm 300 acres of alfalfa, corn and oats.
Vagts is a third grader at DeSales Grade School in Ossian who is a member of the Co-Champions 4-H clover kids.
On the farm, she helps feed calves and is looking forward to getting her calf ready for the fair. In her free time, she enjoys reading, sewing, going kayaking and playing with her many cats.

Little Mr. Herdsman
Kade Meyer is the 9-year-old son of Nate and Angie Meyer of Postville.
The Meyers milk 120 Holsteins and sell their milk to AMPI. They farm 600 acres of corn and alfalfa. He attends 4th grade at Postville Elementary School and participates in football, wrestling, basketball and soccer.
He is a member of Bloomfield 4-H and the Iowa Junior Holstein Association. On the farm, he helps with milking cows, feeding the cows and calves, entering information in PCDart and cleaning pens. His hobbies include playing on the iPad, working outside and hunting.