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10 vie to become 70th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

The new princess will be crowned before the Minnesota State Fair.

May 23, 2023

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Young women in long dresses react as new Princess Kay is named
CROWNING MOMENT: Candidates are vying for the chance to be crowned the next Princess Kay of the Milky Way, just as Rachel Rynda was in 2022, becoming the 69th to hold the honor. Courtesy of Midwest Dairy

Ten young women with an interest in Minnesota’s dairy industry have been named finalists for the 70th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Dairy princesses from across the state gathered for the Dairy Promotion and Leadership Event, which was held May 12-13. The weekend included opportunities for networking, leadership workshops and a chance to compete for a finalist spot for Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

The event theme was “Building on the Best,” as contestants aimed to develop leadership skills and competencies for young women in dairy through different inspiring and educational sessions.

“Each year this event brings new and familiar faces; it’s exciting to see all these young women who are committed to being a dairy advocate in their own communities,” says Kate McAndrews, Princess Committee chair and a dairy farmer.

This year’s finalists, all from Minnesota, are:

  • Makenzie Alberts, Pine Island; daughter of Eric and Angie Alberts; representing Dodge County

  • Gracie Ash, Milaca; daughter of Mike and Shelly Ash; representing Mille Lacs County

  • Jalyssa Beaudry, Otsego; daughter of Brian and Theresa Beaudry; representing Wright County

  • Katherine Hills, Monticello; daughter of Nicole Hills; representing Wright County

  • Montana Krueger, Arlington; daughter of Scott and Stephanie Krueger; representing Sibley County

  • Emma Kuball, Waterville; daughter of Nate and Shannon Kuball; representing Rice County

  • Megan Ratka, Cold Spring; daughter of Kevin and Kathy Ratka; representing Stearns County

  • Anne Simpson, Pine Island; daughter of Jeff and Cheryl Simpson; representing Olmsted County

  • Josephine Sutherland, Flandreau, S.D.; daughter of David and Dawn Sutherland; representing Pipestone County

  • Riley Ward, St. Charles; daughter of Randy and Minnie Ward; representing Winona County

To compete to be a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, each princess candidate submitted an application; participated in a personal interview; prepared and delivered a speech; and participated in a mock media interview. Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm for promoting dairy.

The 10 finalists will compete for the title of Minnesota’s 70th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, to be crowned Aug. 23, the night before the state fair begins. The finalists will have their likeness carved in butter during the 2023 Minnesota State Fair.

Midwest Dairy sponsors the Princess Kay of the Milky Way program, which is funded by dairy farmers through their promotion checkoff.

Source: Midwest Dairy

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