By Starrla Cray
CARVER COUNTY, MN Five young women will soon bear the title of 2010 Carver County dairy princess, after their coronation at the 58th annual Carver County dairy dinner Saturday, April 17 at the New Germany city hall.
The candidates include Kari Anderson of Waconia, Becky Wetzel of Chaska. And Chelsea Wickenhauser, Jackie Rademacher, and Kelsey Hoen, all of Cologne.
The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar benefiting the New Germany Fire Department.
A Hillcrest-catered chicken and beef dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., and the program will start at 8:15 p.m.
Vern Oraskovich, a retired Carver County Extension agent, will emcee the event, and music will be provided by DJ B-Dub.
All five candidates will be crowned as Carver County dairy princesses.
“Three will be announced as being eligible to compete in the Princess Kay finalist competition,” princess coordinator Barb Grimm said.
The finalist competition will be in St. Joseph, Friday, May 14 through Sunday, May 16.
Maria Siegle of Cologne, a 2009 Carver County dairy princess, was chosen as a Princess Kay finalist last year.
“She will be giving a speech on Saturday,” Grimm said.
Many other people will also be recognized during the Carver County dairy dinner, including the Carver County farm family of the year, the FFA dairy judging winner, and the Carver County farm woman of the year.
The senior breeder award, milk pitcher award, golden butter knife award, and Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) awards will also be given out.
Each princess candidate is sponsored by area businesses.
Kari Anderson’s sponsors are Larry Rhueling Trucking, Tellers Dairy Farm, First MN Bank in Mayer, Norwood Veterinary Clinic, and Munson Lakes Nutrition in Howard Lake.
Chelsea Wickenhauser’s sponsors are Waconia Veterinary Clinic, Waconia Farm Supply, Security Bank, Wagner Dairy Cattle, and Dressel Agency, Inc.
Kelsey Hoen’s sponsors are Bongards’ Creameries, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Lester Prairie Vet Clinic, Jim Hoen Trucking, and Mid County Co-op.
Jackie Rademacher’s sponsors are Rick Haler of ABS Global, Bob Fritz Trucking, Citizens State Bank in NYA, Prairie Farm Supply, and K & M Lawn and Landscape.
Becky Wetzel’s sponsors are Liberty Vet Services by John Zimmerman, Tellers Dairy Farm, Lano Equipment, Carver County Farm Bureau, and Rick Carlson of Genex/CRI.
Advanced tickets for the Carver County dairy dinner are $10, and tickets at the door are $12.
For more information, or to purchase an advanced ticket, call Grimm at (952) 657-2476