Kamille Brawner looks forward to the unveiling of the giant cheese sculpture at the Indiana State Fair each year. This year, Brawner, a Purdue University sophomore, got to see the sculpture consisting of more than 1,500 pounds of Indiana cheese as the Indiana Dairy Princess.
Kamille Brawner looks forward to the unveiling of the giant cheese sculpture at the Indiana State Fair each year. This year, Brawner, a Purdue University sophomore, got to see the sculpture consisting of more than 1,500 pounds of Indiana cheese as the Indiana Dairy Princess.
INDIANAPOLIS — Advocating for dairy is something Kamille Brawner has been doing for years through 4-H, junior leaders and her family’s dairy farm.

The Hanover native will continue proudly advocating for the dairy industry as this year’s Indiana Dairy Princess by the American Dairy Association Indiana.

Brawner is represented by Dairy Farmers of America in the Indiana Dairy Princess scholarship program. She will fulfill her duties as ambassador for Indiana’s dairy farmers throughout the year by participating in events and talking to people about the industry’s impact on Indiana’s economy and health.

Q: What did you think when you found out you were crowned this year’s dairy princess?

A: I was stunned. I didn’t realize they were talking about me until they said my middle name.

Q: What are you the most excited about?

A: I’m the most excited to be able to promote the dairy industry. I’ve had experience talking with kids in grade school about dairy and grew up on a dairy farm, so this will be a great way to build on that experience.

Q: What are you looking forward to during the state fair?

A: I have been to the fair before and showed sheep, but now I can actually be part of the fair.

Q: What would you like to do when you graduate?

A: I’ll be a sophomore at Purdue University where I’m studying agribusiness and animal science. I’d like to have a farm of my own and also work on the agribusiness side of the industry. I love talking to farmers and promoting the industry and to be able to both work with people and promote livestock would be a dream come true.

Q: Where did your interest in agriculture come from?

A: In addition to the family farm, I was a 10-year 4-H member in Jefferson County. I showed animals and was involved with 4-H and junior leaders. All of these sparked my interest in agriculture.

Q: Tell me about your family.

A: I’m the daughter of Greg and Teresa Brawner. I also have one brother and two sisters.

Q: Why is being an advocate for dairy important to you?

It is all I have known since I grew up on a dairy farm. Promoting both the dairy industry and Indiana dairy farmers is important.