2010 Indiana Dairy Princess Crowned

2010 Indiana Dairy Princess, Elles Niessen

Elles Niessen of Lewisville was selected as the 2010 – 2011 Dairy Princess for the American Dairy Association of Indiana. The crowning took place before a crowd of dairy industry members, their families and friends, on Tuesday, July 27, at the Embassy Suites North in Indianapolis. Elles, age 20, is the daughter of Nico and Milly Niessen. She represented the Dairy Farmers of America in the 2010 Indiana Dairy Princess Scholarship Program. Elles is a sophomore at Indiana University School of Nursing.

Retiring Princess Audrie Koester of Wadesville ended her reign by turning over the title to Elles and wished her well as she represents the Indiana Dairy Industry throughout the coming year.  Elles will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Indiana’s dairy farmers during the year by making a number of public appearances and participating in promotional events. As the Indiana Dairy Princess, Niessen receives a $1000 scholarship from the American Dairy Association along with other gifts of appreciation from sponsors.

Contestants were judged on poise, personality, speaking ability, education and dairy background.  Judges for the contest included Leah Beyer – Director of Livestock for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, David Blower – Associate Publisher and Editor for Farm World and Martha Rardin – Director of Nutrition and Dietetics for Hendricks Community Hospital. Miss Niessen’s presentation was on the importance of ‘Going Green’ and ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.’

Indiana has more than 1600 dairy farms that produce the wholesome, nutritious product – milk. Indiana dairy farmers produce over 3 billion pounds of milk annually and the state is the second-largest producer of ice cream. As Dairy Princess, Elles will be educating the public and her peers on the importance dairy in Indiana’s economy and Hoosier’s health.