Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 4, 2001

Waverly woman named finalist for state dairy princess

By Lynda Jensen

Waverly's own Angie Bakeberg was recently named one of 12 finalists for the Minnesota state dairy princess title, which is known as Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Bakeberg is the acting Wright County Dairy Princess, and the daughter of George and Kay Bakeberg. She was named a finalist May 20.

"It was a shock," she said of the selection. At first it didn't sink in when her name was chosen, she said, but now she is thrilled about it.

She will be making a commercial with the other finalists for the dairy industry in July for KARE-11, she said.

Her likeness will be sculpted from a block of butter in August, along with the other 11 finalists. This will require her to stay in a cooler for an entire day, she said.

She's been receiving some good tips from former regional dairy princess Linda Groos, Bakeberg said.

State competition, which is conducted the week before the state fair opens, is based on poise, speaking ability, and the ability to communicate, she said.

The final choice for Princess Kay will be Wednesday, Aug. 22, the day before the state fair begins, Bakeberg said.

A requirement for dairy princess is to be raised on, or be related to, an immediate family member who is active in the dairy industry.

There are approximately 7,500 dairy farms in Minnesota, Bakeberg said. About 9.4 billion pounds of milk is produced each year in Minnesota.

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