National Jersey Queen Program
Applications for the 2014 National Jersey Queen Contest, held in conjunction with The All American Jersey Show & Sale, must be received in the AJCA office on or before Wednesday, October 15.
Participants must be no younger than 16 years of age, and not older than 22, as of January 1, 2014. Membership in the American Jersey Cattle Association, junior or lifetime, is required.
In addition to the above, you must meet one of the following requirements: (1) be the Queen, Princess or member of the state association court for the current year in your state of residence; (2) be a regional Jersey queen for the current year; (4) have been a former state or regional Jersey queen; (4) are currently or have been an alternate in the National Jersey Queen Court; or (5) be an exhibitor in the 2014 All American Junior Jersey Show or Western National Junior Jersey Show. Previous National Jersey Queens are not eligible.
National Jersey Queen and the alternates are expected to demonstrate
current knowledge of the Jersey breed and the American dairy industry. All
participants must complete the enclosed application to enter the contest,
which must be received in the
AJCA office on or before October 15. On this application, you
must clearly indicate your involvement in the Jersey breed through your
personal activities and participation in state and national organizations
(such as the state Jersey association, 4-H, FFA and so forth). If you are
involved in more than one breed, you must show clearly that Jerseys are
your top priority.
are required to attend and assist with these functions:
as National Jersey Queen or as one of the two alternates, you must attend
The National Jersey Queen is encouraged to attend other events throughout the year, including the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings, the Western National, and/or World Dairy Expo. Funding for approved activities is provided by the Charlene Nardone National Jersey Queen Fund.
Attendance at other local or state events throughout the year is optional, and must be coordinated by the Queen in advance with event organizers. However, financial support is not provided by the AJCA.
are four elements in the judging.
The conclusion of the National Jersey Queen Contest will be incorporated into the Junior Banquet program. You will sit together for dinner at reserved tables in the front of the banquet hall.
Immediately following dinner, you will be escorted to the stage in order to briefly (no more than 30 seconds) introduce yourself (state your name, where you are from, and tell about your involvement with Jerseys, etc.). The judges may consider this introduction in their deliberations leading to selection of the top five participants. Finalists will return to the stage to answer an impromptu question selected by the judging panel. The judges will then retire to make their decision.
national Jersey youth awards and scholarships will then be presented,
followed by the concluding announcement of the Queen and court.
Immediately following the banquet, a reception will be held recognizing
all junior winners.
dress is appropriate during the banquet. Full-length formal dresses are
not required and will be neither rewarded nor penalized in the judging.
will assist with handing out the awards during Saturday’s All American
Junior Show. For the Jersey Jug Futurity, you will distribute the programs
before the show begins, and distribute and collect entry forms in the
Railbird Judging Contest. Members of the Jersey Jug Committee will provide
instructions on Sunday morning.
If you have any questions about the contest, contact Dr. Cherie L. Bayer, Director of Development, at 614/322-4456.
Interviews will be conducted at the AJCA's headquarters hotel for The All American Jersey Shows & Sales, the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport, adjacent to fairgrounds at Gate 4. Mention the Jersey association (reservation code AJC) when making room reservations: 502/637-2424. Make reservations early.