Maryland Dairy Princess hails from Union Bridge

Union Bridge's Autumn Lippy, 15, is the Maryland Dairy Princess.
Union Bridge's Autumn Lippy, 15, is the Maryland Dairy Princess.(Submitted photo)

Autumn Lippy's mother once served as the alternate Frederick County Dairy Princess and her sister was the Carroll County Dairy Princess in 2011.

But neither had ever achieved the status of state dairy princess.


Until Autumn.

On July 16, the Union Bridge teenager was named the Maryland Dairy Princess, a title that will take her across the state as she promotes the dairy industry.


"I'm really blessed to be able to be the state dairy princess," Autumn said Tuesday while greeting fairgoers at the Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair. "I'm just really excited that I get to do this for the next year."

Autumn, 15, spent about an hour and a half Tuesday talking to children at the fair about the dairy industry. She'll be a regular at the fair this week, both in her capacity as Dairy Princess and showing some of her dairy cattle.

One of four girls vying to succeed Carol DeBaugh, of Washington County, for the Maryland Dairy Princess title, Autumn is the first Maryland Dairy Princess from Carroll County in 15 years.

It's a distinction that she's very proud of.

"It's a great honor to know that I can represent my county on the state level," she said.

The last Maryland Dairy Princess to hail from Carroll County was Jeena Rinehart Mayer in 1999. Since 1962, when the dairy princess program was formally started, Carroll County has had six state princesses, including Autumn.

"We are so pleased to have Autumn as not only the Carroll County Dairy Princess, but also the Maryland State Dairy Princess," said Joanne Weant, coordinator of the Carroll County Dairy Princess Program. "We know she will do a wonderful job of representing our industry."

Over the next year, Autumn will travel to fairs, shows, schools and grocery stores promoting the dairy industry.

Although her schedule isn't set just yet, Autumn said she expects to have a visit or record a media spot once a week.

"I want her to enjoy every moment she can," said Rebeccah Lippy, Autumn's mother. "She has no idea what doors this could open or people she will meet along the way."

Lippy said she was "very proud" to see her daughter named state dairy princess about two weeks ago in Frederick.

"She's worked very hard for the contest with her own preparation," she said. "It felt really good to sit there and watch her and know that it was all her doing. She did it all."


Previously, Autumn was named the Maryland Jersey Princess, the Carroll County Dairy Princess and a Carroll County Dairy Maid.

Her older sister, Amber, is currently serving as the Maryland Jersey Queen.

Autumn, who will be a junior at Francis Scott Key High School in the fall, hopes to attend Bridgewater College after graduation to study pre-veterinary science. From there, she plans to attend Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Autumn has been showing her dairy animals since she was 6 years old and involved in the pre-4-H program. She's been involved in 4-H ever since.

She currently owns five cows — ranging from 2 months to 5 years old — on her grandparents' Union Bridge farm.

In her role as Dairy Princess, Autumn said she's most looking forward to educating people on the dairy industry.

"It's great that I can use my knowledge to help others and teach them things that I've learned," she said.

One of the more common questions she's received at the fair thus far is, "Do brown cows make the brown milk?"

Not true, but Autumn did admit chocolate milk is her favorite type.

"I like them all, but I do have a sweet tooth," she said.

Reach staff writer Blair Ames at 410-857-7874 or email blair.ames@carrollcountytimes.com.

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