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Princess Kay of the Milky Way

The young woman who serves as Minnesota's dairy princess wears the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way, a name selected in a Department of Agriculture contest almost sixty years ago. Princess Kay is crowned each August the night before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair, and she makes appearances not only during the Fair's 12-day run, but all year long.



Princess Kay Highlights

Minnesota Dairy Industry Crowns 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

MarJenna McWilliam, a 20-year-old college student from Winger, Minn., representing Polk County, was crowned the 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds August 21.

60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way to be Crowned August 21

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.

29th Annual Minnesota State Fair 5K Milk Run Blends Healthy Activity with a Celebration of Minnesota’s Dairy Industry Aug. 25

Many people don’t put “healthy” and “Minnesota State Fair” in the same sentence, but that can’t be said of the 1,500 runners who’ll be participating in the 29th annual 5K Milk Run on Sunday morning, August 25 (7:45 a.m.; Blue Ribbon Picnic Area).

All Things Dairy at the Minnesota State Fair

This year is a momentous one for Minnesota’s dairy farming families at the State Fair, as the industry celebrates 60 years of the iconic Princess Kay of the Milky Way, and features longtime favorites like the Milk Run 5K, the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Stand and the Dairy Goodness Bar.

2013 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Candidates

Meet the 2013 Princess Kay of the Milky Way candidates.

Finalists for 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Title Named

This year’s finalists for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way have been named. The 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds were selected at the conclusion of a three-day event for county dairy princesses held in St. Joseph. Each of the 12 will be sculpted in butter during the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. Princess Kay is crowned each year the night before the State Fair opens.

Path to 60th Princess Kay Title Underway

This year the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title marks its 60th anniversary and on May 19, the 12 women vying for that title will be named.

Fact Sheet: Butter Sculpting

Read about the butter sculpting tradition at the Minnesota State Fair.

Princess Kay of the Milky Way History




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MarJenna McWilliam, 2013-2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way

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