By Caroline Wigmore
MCLEOD COUNTY, MN - The McLeod County spring dairy banquet is just around the corner, and will include the dairy princess coronation with five candidates vying for a crown Saturday, March 21 at the Pla-Mor Ballroom in Glencoe.
The night will begin with appetizers at 7 p.m., a complete buffet dinner and make-your-own sundae bar at 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Alice Nowak.
“We’re grateful to have five candidates,” said Janice Konerza McLeod County Dairy Association board member and banquet coordinator. “A lot of counties don’t have that many,” she added.
The princess candidates are Amber Wilkens, daughter of Charles and Peggy Wilkens of Plato; Cheryl Konerza, daughter of Tim and Ann Nix of Plato; and Kristin Sprengeler, daughter of David and Becky Sprengeler of Plato; Elizabeth Olson, daughter of Loren and Laura Olson of Hutchinson; and Elizabeth Nix, daughter of Tim and Ann Nix of Plato.
Those who win the title of dairy princess go on to compete in statewide competition, and from there, they compete for the title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
Konerza feels that the county has a good chance of sending finalists to the Princess Kay competition this year.
“The girls acquire speaking ability, how to interact with the public, learn how to do a radio interview, and how to educate the public about dairy,” Konerza said.
Besides the crowning of the new dairy princesses, several other awards will also be given out.
The Butter Knife Award is presented to a business that uses real dairy products, such as real cheese, cream, or butter. The Friend of Dairy Award is given to an individual who actively promotes dairy within the community. A woman in dairy farming will be honored with the Dairy Farm Woman of the Year Award, and a farming family will be honored with the Farm Family Award, which will be awarded by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.