Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is synonymous with butter sculptures, Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand and the Dairy Goodness Bar, all sponsored by dairy producers through Midwest Dairy Association. As a top fair concession, the venture generates not only additional funds for supporting education efforts on the grounds like the Moo Booth and Miracle of Birth, but also draws media attention. When Princess Kay is crowned the night before the fair opens, everyone knows the fun is about to begin.
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Jeni Haler, a 19-year-old college student from Norwood Young America, Minn., representing Carver County, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, August 20.
Next week, Minnesota's dairy industry will kick off the great Minnesota Get-Together by celebrating the coronation of the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way. On Wednesday evening, August 20, reigning Princess Kay MarJenna McWilliam of Winger, representing Polk County, will pass her crown on to one of 12 county dairy princesses vying for the title. Additionally, Governor Mark Dayton will be in attendance to proclaim August 20, 2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Day.
The All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand, owned by Minnesota's dairy farm families, celebrates its 60th year at the Minnesota State Fair, as the industry crowns a new Princess Kay of the Milky Way and encourages fair-goers to participate in the Great American Milk Drive to help provide fresh milk to local food shelves.
The 1,500 runners who’ll participate in the 30th annual 5K Milk Run on Sunday morning, August 24 (7:45 a.m.; West Dan Patch south of the new West End Market), have an extra reason to be excited about the Minnesota State Fair. They’ll be getting exercise and a chance to refuel from the run with chocolate milk.
In 1955, milk was a dime and served from a five-gallon can in a tent on Machinery Hill. Sixty years later, the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand is still quenching fair-goers’ thirsts and providing what is arguably the best deal at the Minnesota State Fair.
Meet the 2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way candidates.