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
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.
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.
Christine Reitsma, an 18-year-old college student from Sauk Centre, was crowned the 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds August 22.
This year’s Minnesota State Fair kicks off with the coronation of Princess Kay of the Milky Way on Wednesday evening, August 22, when reigning Princess Mary Zahurones of Pierz, representing Morrison County, will pass the crown on to one of 11 county dairy princesses vying for the title.
Read about the butter sculpting tradition at the Minnesota State Fair.