In 2003, the first regional contest was added in the Northeastern US. Since then, 3 other regional contests have been added: Midwest, Western and Southern. The events are structured very much like the national contest. However, the emphasis is more on education than competition. As such, schools are invited to bring more than just a 4-member team, allowing them to expose Dairy Challenge to more of their students. Students are placed on aggregate or mixed teams with students from other universities with varying skills and backgrounds.
Dairy Challenge also plans to continue to grow the contest, both regionally and nationally, to make it more available to a larger number of students. Exposing the contest to more students each year benefits the dairy industry as a whole, as it generates prospective employees who are more experienced and knowledgeable.