This year, Minnesota’s dairy industry will kick off the great Minnesota Get-Together by celebrating a very special milestone: the coronation of 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. On Wednesday evening, August 21, reigning Princess Kay Christine Reitsma of Sauk Centre, representing Stearns County, will pass her crown on to one of 12 county dairy princesses vying for the title.
Princess Kay of the Milky Way serves as the official goodwill ambassador forMinnesota’s nearly 4,000 dairy farmers. The finalists for the title of 2013-2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way are:
- Katelyn Blackwelder, 20, representing Big Stone County, daughter of Mark and Amy Blackwelder of Chokio;
- Katie Buckentine, 18, representing Carver County, daughter of John and Jean Buckentine of Chaska;
- Nicole Jax, 19, representing Mower County, daughter of Doug and Becky Jax of Waltham;
- Johanna Knorr, 18, representing West Otter Tail County, daughter Brad and Jane Knorr of Pelican Rapids;
- Alydia Lee, 21, representing Wabasha County, daughter of Jeff and Ruth Lee of LakeCity;
- MarJenna McWilliam, 20, representing Polk County, daughter of Bruce and LaVonne McWilliam of Winger;
- Libby Mills, 18, representing Goodhue County, daughter of Kent and Deborah Mills of LakeCity;
- Eryn Orth, 18, representing Winona County, daughter of Jim and Laurie Orth of Winona;
- Ashley Overman, 22, representing Stearns County, daughter of Keith and Lucy Overman of Freeport;
- Sarah Paskewitz, 19, representing Todd County, daughter of Bruce and Sandy Paskewitz of Browerville;
- Rachael Rostad, 19, representing Goodhue County, daughter of Joel and Bridget Rostad of Zumbrota; and
- Katie Schmitt, 19, representing Benton County, daughter of Mark and Natalie Schmitt of Rice.
Picture: Christine Reitsma is crowned 2012 Princess Kay by Mary Zahurones while runners-up Victoria Haler and Kelsey Mussman look on.
KDUZ/KARP will be broadcasting updates from the Princess Kay Cornonation beginning this afternoon (Wednesday) and through the evening.
ABOUT THE PRINCESS KAY PROGRAM
Each year, more than 100 young women from across Minnesota are crowned county dairy princesses. Nearly 60 county dairy princesses participated in judging to become Princess Kay finalists in May. Dairy princesses are selected on the basis of their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy industry and its products, and their commitment to dairy promotion. The program gives many young women the opportunity to represent the lifestyle in which they were raised. Dairy princesses serve as spokespeople to consumers, conduct media interviews, make classroom visits to educate students about dairy, give speeches to various organizations and make public appearances at promotions or events.
Princess Kay candidates andMinnesota’s county dairy princesses are daughters of dairy farmers, employees of dairy farms, or daughters of dairy farm employees. They must be graduating seniors in high school when crowned, and not yet 24 years old, and they must not be married.