By Starrla Cray
Two local girls were crowned 2009 dairy princesses at the Wright County American Dairy Association banquet March 28, including Winsted resident Jillian Koch, daughter of Jeff and Janell Koch and Krista Nelson, daughter of Mike and Sue Nelson of Cokato.
A third princess, Kelsey Kolles, daughter of Mark and JoAnn Kolles of Ostego, was also crowned at the banquet at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
The three Wright County Dairy Princesses will have the opportunity to compete in the Princess Kay finalist competition Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph.
The Silver Butterknife Award went to the Peppermint Twist drive-in restaurant in Delano and the Five Star Cinema in Buffalo. The award is given to businesses for their use of real dairy products.
The 2008 dairy princesses were Kristine Berning of St. Michael, Bridget Boehlke of Waverly, and Kelsey Kolles. Each princess was awarded a scholarship.
“Representing the dairy industry has truly been a wonderful experience,” said Boehlke, who served for two years.
“I’m very grateful,” Berning said during her farewell speech.
During the ceremony, Midwest Dairy Promotion Council Director Charles Krause interviewed the 2009 candidates, asking questions ranging from “most embarrassing moment” to “greatest life achievement.”
Roses were donated by Munson Lakes Nutrition, and jewelry was donated by Wright-Hennepin Coop Electric.
Visiting royalty from Delano, Waverly, Monticello, Wright County, Howard Lake, Winsted, Cokato, Montrose, and Buffalo also attended the event.