Dairy princesses from across Minnesota will gather at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph May 18-20, and at the weekend's conclusion, 12 of them will become finalists for the 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
Midwest Dairy Association, which sponsors the event, brings together more than 60 local princesses for a weekend of skill-building each year, and most of the participants also go through judging to select the Princess Kay competitors. Princess Kay is crowned the night before the Minnesota State Fair opens and serves as the dairy industry's goodwill ambassador for a year, helping people understand the dedication of dairy farmers to wholesome and nutritious food, and the ways milk is produced.
The finalists will be named May 20 during a luncheon beginning at noon at the Gorecki Center at the College of St. Benedict. The public is invited to view the event free of charge, but tickets for the meal may also be ordered for $20 through Seena Glessing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-282-6337. The deadline is May 7. Live updates of the finalist announcements will be posted to Princess Kay's Facebook page during the luncheon.
Dairy princesses are young women who are from dairy farm families or are involved in the dairy industry through their employment. They typically represent their local dairy farmers in classroom settings, at parades and community events, and county fairs. Princess Kay finalists have their likeness carved in butter during the Minnesota State Fair and make public appearances during the Fair's 12-day run.
Princess Kay candidates are judged on a written application, a short speech, along with a professional interview and a mock media interview.
Source: Midwest Dairy Association