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
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.
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.