HJ/EDJune 19, 2006

Busy summer ahead for Dassel, Cokato royalty

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

As royalty, the young women of Dassel and Cokato have a busy summer ahead of them with parades, community outings, and for two lucky girls, the Minneapolis aquatennial.

Miss Cokato Mickensi Danielson and 2004-05 Dassel Ambassador Kendra Neu will be participating in the Queen of the Lakes contest in July for the “10 Best Days of Summer.”

Both candidates are honored to be participating in this event since not every royalty participates for the Queen of the Lakes title.

The busy week begins July 17 as candidates visit veterans homes and hospitals in Minneapolis and several community functions including a picnic at the commodore’s house.

The girls will be judged on their interactions with others during the different functions throughout the week.

Meet the candidates will be Wednesday, July 19, before the torchlight parade, in which candidates will wear a costume or outfit that reflects their personality or community they are from.

They will then give a 30-45 second speech as to why they chose that particular costume and the town she represents.

The torchlight parade will be that evening beginning at 8:30 p.m.

A community luncheon will be Friday, July 21, 11:30 to 1:30 for the candidates to meet with community leaders across the state, city mayors, visiting queens, past dignitaries, and current and past aquatennial ambassadors.

To finish will be the Queen of the Lakes coronation, Friday, July 21 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.

Last year’s Queen of the Lakes was Miss Paynesville and princesses were Miss Annandale and Miss Blaine.

Other royalty happenings

Dassel Ambassadors Leah Kay and Shelly Saksa have an extensive list of parades they plan on attending, including the most recent, Hutchinson, Howard Lake and Annandale for the Fourth of July parade.

Other community events will be Dassel Dairy Berry Day Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bandstand park along Atlantic Avenue in Dassel. Hillside Farm will be serving ice cream and strawberries in honor of Dairy Month with the help of Kay and Saksa.

The girls will also be helping out at the brat feed fireworks fund-raiser Thursday, July 13 at the same location beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Kay and Saksa will also be attending the Dassel Fire Departments 125th anniversary celebration parade Saturday, July 22 at 1 p.m.

They will also be staffing the Meeker County Fair dairy booth Saturday, Aug. 5 from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield.

Miss Cokato, Mickensi Danielson and princesses Rachel Nelson and Katy Neutzling also have a full schedule this summer with parades, coronations, banquets and balls.

Parades include the Saturday June 25 parade in Howard Lake, Fourth of July in Annandale, Saturday, July 8 in Litchfield, Halloween parade in Anoka and the Winsted Winter Festival lighted parade in December.

Royalty and candidates will also be participating in a live taping on the Today Show at KARE 11 TV Monday July 31.

Other community functions include, the Chamber of Commerce pork chop dinner, Friday, June 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Cokato Corn Carnival activities beginning Aug. 7 with coronation, Wednesday, Aug. 9.

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