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Hinrichs crowned as 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Meghan Skiba was recognized as Miss Congeniality in the evening ceremony, held Aug. 24 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

September 2, 2016

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Haley Hinrichs, a 19-year-old college student from Goodhue, representing Goodhue County, was crowned the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way Aug. 24 in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Over the coming year, Hinrichs will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families. She is the daughter of Tim Hinrichs and attends Iowa State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agriculture education with an emphasis in communications.


Twelve county dairy princesses from throughout Minnesota competed for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Meghan Skiba of Cambridge, representing Isanti County, and Morgan Krause of Buffalo, representing Wright County, were selected as runners-up.

Skiba was also named Miss Congeniality. Skiba and Krause were awarded scholarships, along with Sabrina Portner of Sleepy Eye, representing Brown County.

Hinrichs’ first official duty as Princess Kay was sitting in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building at the state fair to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter.

Other finalists, besides Skiba and Krause, were Emily Stocker, Jordan, Scott County; Kiersten Sabolik, Kensington, Douglas County; Makaila Klejeski, Claremont, Dodge County; Stephanie Sukalski, LeRoy, Mower County; Kayla Leiding, Fountain, Fillmore County; Sabrina Portner, Sleepy Eye, Brown County; Annette Kyllo, Byron, Olmsted County; Kalley Berg, Pine Island, Olmsted County; and Kelly Schouviller, Callaway, Becker County.

Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm for dairy. Midwest Dairy Association sponsors the Princess Kay program, which is funded by dairy farmers through their promotion checkoff.

Source: Midwest Dairy


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