Penny was the Saratoga County Dairy Princess in 1981 but said she never pushed or pressured her daughter to follow in her footsteps.
"I'm very proud of her. She's doing a wonderful job, but I really left it up to her. I didn't push it at all. I just said ,'If you want to do this, that's great, and if you don't, that's great too,'" said Penny. "She's an amazing public speaker and can use that skill in life. She wants to go into teaching and really enjoys working with kids and teaching youth about the benefits of low-fat dairy in a diet."
On Feb. 15 and 16, Emma will compete in the state-wide pageant with hopes of becoming the New York State Dairy Princess. A first alternate and second alternate are crowned as well. She will have to give a speech about a topic the panel of judges provides, will have an interview with judges, will take a communication test to see how well she writes press releases and articles and eat dinner with the judges to see how good her table manners are and how she manages wearing a formal white dress.
If Emma earns the title of state dairy princess, she'll get more than just a new crown, fresh sash and more honorable distinction"the responsibilities and opportunities will grow.
"It's basically the same types of things that you do as a county princess but at the state level. So you really get to work with state officials, meet legislators and attend events that are more known around the state," said Emma. "It would open many doors for me."
She said that whether she is county dairy princess or is lucky enough to be named state dairy princess, working with the dairy industry is something she will always be a part of in some way.