Gayle Jones, who attended the event with three Dairy Princesses from Clarion and Venango counties, said it is also the responsibility of every person involved with dairy farming to promote the importance of the industry to both the region's physical and economic health.
"We definitely try to promote the industry," Jones said. "You always hear people bad-talking the dairy farms but we're out here to let people know that farmers are very conscientious and follow all the rules and regulations, and that dairy products are very essential for the body and for health. We just like to get the word out there about how important dairy is."
Part of the pledge is passing information on to younger generations that will someday have to take the reins.
"Our group is more focused on telling kids the importance of dairy," Jones said. "Kids just don't know about dairy farming."
"Some kids think milk comes from Walmart," added dairy princess Sandy Weiser.
But Charlie Bean knows milk comes from hard work and dedication to humane farming. And though it may be hard work, Charlie said it's his work, and nobody can take that away from him.
"With the economy the way it is and jobs being hard to find, I guess I can't really complain," he said. "This is one job that can't be outsourced."
Information from: The Derrick, http://www.thederrick.com
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.