By Rick Miller

Abby Minnekine has been in training for the job of Cattaraugus County Dairy Princess for the past three years.

Next week, Abby will be promoting dairy products at the Cattaraugus County Fair as the 2018 Dairy Princess.

She previously served for two years as an ambassador to the Dairy Princess’ court, and last year was selected the Dairy Princess alternate.

Abby, 16, is the daughter of Matthew and Christine Minnekine of Little Valley. Her grandparents, William and Barbara Campbell, had a dairy farm in Little Valley for 40 years. She’ll be a junior this fall at Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School.

“After showing Holsteins for six years in our 4-H Club, I would like to take this opportunity to support our local dairy farmers and promote the dairy industry,” Abby said.

Abby has two siblings, a brother, William and a sister Alexandra. Her sister is spending her second year as an ambassador on the Dairy Princess’ court.

While Abby doesn’t live on a farm, she’s shown holstein cows and rabbits with 4-H at the county fair for the past six years. She’s an 8-year 4-H member.

Her aunt and uncle, Ken and Laurie Dechow of Randolph, have sponsored her by letting her lease a holstein calf she keeps at their dairy farm and cares for daily.

She’s not showing a calf this year, however. Abby will busy herself promoting dairy products and the industry at this year’s county fair.

Abby plays volleyball, basketball and softball for Cattaraugus-Little Valley.

Her club memberships include National Helpers, ECOS and the National Climate Summit. She works at Holiday Valley daycare in the winter months.

Her college plans are to study the sciences and research.

Abby plans to be a spokesperson and goodwill ambassador for the local dairy industry not only at the Cattaraugus County Fair, but in other county events over the next year.