By Starrla Cray
CARVER COUNTY, MN Dairy supporters filled the F W Radde Auction Center in New Germany April 18 at the 57th annual Carver County Dairy Day dinner, where five dairy princesses were crowned.
The 2009 Carver County dairy princesses are Kindra Boelke, daughter of Rodney and Ann Boelke of Cologne; Kim Hennen, daughter of Paul and Nellie Hennen of Cologne; Kelsey Hoen, daughter of Rich and Kim Hoen of Cologne; Maria Siegle, daughter of Steven and Sandra Siegle of Cologne; and Amy Eiden, daughter of Tim and Patty Eiden of Chaska.
Boelke, Hoen, and Siegle were the three chosen to attend the Princess Kay finalist competition Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.
Boelke was named Miss Congeniality.
The outgoing 2008 dairy princesses were Kindra Boelke, Amy Eiden, and Kari Hoen.
Munson Lakes Nutrition delivery driver Joel Pettit of Cokato won the ADA Milk Pitcher award for his support of the dairy industry.
The Senior Breeder award went to Bob Brabec, who owns a 130-acre farm near Mayer.
The farm family of the year was Gerald and Janice Albrecht of Watertown.
Mid-Town Family Restaurant in Norwood was given the Golden Butter Knife award for the use of real dairy products.
Eleven new 2009 Carver County dairy ambassadors were also introduced, including three local ambassadors from Mayer: Kelyn Boettcher, daughter of Bruce and Jill Boettcher; Alissa Thaemert, daughter of Charles and Kathy Thaemert; and Cole Thaemert, son of Cary and Heidi Thaemert. Seventh and eighth grade boys and girls are eligible to serve as dairy ambassadors in Carver County.
Before the coronation, Master of Ceremonies Tom Rothman from the Minnesota Farm Network asked each of the 2009 candidates one question, ranging from “What would you tell a mother who is having trouble getting her child to drink milk?” to “Why did you decide to run for dairy princess?”
The five princess candidates also presented 2-minute commercials about the dairy industry.
“These were really creative,” dairy princess committee chair Bonnie Brabec said.
The 2009 royalty will be eligible to attend the dairy princess promotion training seminar in May in St. Anthony, sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Association.
During the program, Lowell Stender American Legion Post 601 of New Germany conducted a presentation of the flags, which was followed by the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Father Paul Jarvis of Guardian Angels Church in Chaska gave an invocation.
Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council Chairman Jeff Fasching of Winsted encouraged the audience to become involved in the MDA’s SpeakOut! program, which trains dairy producers to give presentations in their communities.
For more information, go to www.midwestdairy.com.