MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Dairy Service Unit named Anevin Tharp as the 2011 Dairy Queen and Whitney Hawk as Dairy Princess at its annual meeting on Saturday.
For Tharp, it was a move up as she served as dairy princess in 2010. She attends East Knox High School and has been active in 4-H for many years. She is the daughter of Earl and Darlene Tharp of Danville.
Hawk attends Danville High School where she is active in FFA and is a member of the girls basketball team. She is the daughter of Douglas and Mariah Hawk of Danville.
The queen and princess have a number of duties, one of which is to serve as representatives for the local dairy industry and will appear at functions sponsored by the DSU such as Agriculture Awareness Day.
The biggest duty will be to serve at the Knox County Fair to represent the dairy industry and to help out with the dairy shows and judging.
The DSU annually gives scholarships to young people who will be attending a college or university to major in agricultural studies.
“Although we look for young people who are going into dairy studies we don’t limit the scholarships to dairy,” explained Jerry Mickley, treasurer of DSU. “We usually give two scholarships each year of about $800 each but this year we had so many young people apply with excellent grades that we awarded the two $800 scholarships and five merit scholarships of $200 each. All seven candidates who applied got something.”