ST. PAUL, Minn. – This month, Minnesota’s dairy community will kick off the Great Minnesota Get-Together by celebrating the coronation of the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. On Wednesday evening, August 23, reigning Princess Kay, Haley Hinrichs of Goodhue representing Goodhue County, will pass her crown on to one of 12 county dairy princesses vying for the title.
|WHAT:||64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Coronation|
|WHEN:||Wednesday, August 23, 8 p.m. (Princess Kay is crowned at approximately 9 p.m.)|
|WHERE:||Minnesota State Fair Band Shell|
Princess Kay of the Milky Way serves as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota’s nearly 3,500 dairy farmers. The finalists for the title of 2017-2018 Princess Kay of the Milky Way are:
- Emily Annexstad, 19, St. Peter, representing Nicollet County, daughter of Rolf and Jean Annexstad;
- Anna Broll, 20, Chaska, representing Carver County, daughter of Dan and Kathie Broll;
- Shelby Campbell, 19, Maple Lake, representing Wright County, daughter of LeRoy Campbell and Donna Decker;
- Gina Holdvogt, 18, New Munich, representing Stearns County, daughter of Alvin and Bernie Holdvogt;
- Abby Hopp, 19, Chatfield, representing Filmore County, daughter of Doug and Heather Hopp;
- Madelin Lindahl, 21, Lindstrom, representing Chisago County, daughter of Kevin and Tara Lindahl;
- Quinci Scherber, 23, Rogers, representing Hennepin County, daughter of John and Staci Scherber;
- Rebecca Schubert, 19, Rice, representing Benton County, daughter of Jerome and Natalie Schubert;
- Margaret Socha, 18, Corcoran, representing Wright County, daughter of Michael and Donna Socha;
- Samantha Traxler, 19, Cleveland, representing LeSeur County, daughter of Brian and Patty Pettis and Brian and Heather Traxler;
- Ashley Warren, 19, Watkins, representing Meeker County, daughter of John and Carol Warren; and
- Jessaca Zuidema, 18, Blomkest, representing Kandiyohi County, daughter of Jan and Jolene Zuidema.
About the Princess Kay Program
Each year, nearly 100 young women from across Minnesota are crowned county dairy princesses. In May, nearly 50 county dairy princesses participated in judging to become Princess Kay finalists. Dairy princesses are selected on the basis of their communication skills, personality, general knowledge of the dairy community and its products, and their commitment to dairy promotion. The program gives many young women the opportunity to represent the lifestyle in which they were raised. Dairy princesses serve as spokespeople to consumers, conduct media interviews, make classroom visits to educate students about dairy, give speeches to various organizations and make public appearances at promotions or events.
Princess Kay candidates and Minnesota’s county dairy princesses are daughters of dairy farmers, employees of dairy farms, or daughters of dairy farm employees. They must be graduating seniors in high school when crowned, and not yet 24 years old, and they must not be married.