Herald JournalHerald Journal, Aug. 15, 2005

Local girl prepares for state dairy coronation Aug. 24

Rebecca Dammann of Lester Prairie is getting ready for the 52nd annual Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Dammann will join two other McLeod County dairy princesses as one of 12 finalists for the honor.

McLeod crowned Dammann in the spring, along with Tracy Nelson of Winthrop and Lana Olson of Hutchinson.

Princess Kay coronation begins at 8:30 p.m. and serves as a kick off to the Minnesota State Fair.

Serving as the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador, Princess Kay represents Minnesota’s nearly 5,500 dairy farmers. Midwest Dairy Association’s Minnesota Division sponsors the program, which is funded by dairy farmers.

Princess Kay is either a dairy farmer’s daughter, an employee of a dairy farm, or the daughter of a dairy farm employee.

Christina Rettmann of Buffalo Lake, in Renville County, is the current Princess Kay. She will pass on the crown to one of the 12 county dairy princesses vying for the 2005-2006 title.

One of Princess Kay’s first official duties is to sit in a rotating cooler for nearly eight hours on the opening day of the state fair and have her likeness carved out of a 90-pound block of butter. Each day after that, one finalist will be sculpted. Associated Milk Producers, Inc. of New Ulm makes and provides the butter.

During her year-long reign, Princess Kay takes part in public appearances, promotional events, and media interviews.

The 12 finalists for the title were chosen in May from a field of roughly 80 county dairy princesses. Princess contestants are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills, personality, and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.


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