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
Meet the 2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way candidates.
The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds Sunday, May 18, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the Fair.
St. Cloud will host the annual gathering of Minnesota’s county dairy princesses this month, a weekend of workshops ending with the announcement of 12 finalists for 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.
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.
Read about the butter sculpting tradition at the Minnesota State Fair.