ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Christina Rettmann, 20, of Buffalo Lake, Minn., was crowned the 51st Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the State Fairgrounds Aug. 25. As Princess Kay, Rettmann will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's dairy industry and the state's approximately 6,000 dairy producers. Throughout her yearlong reign, Rettmann will make a variety of public appearances to educate consumers about dairy farmers' commitment to providing safe, high quality milk and dairy products. She'll also promote the fact that dairy farmers are committed to caring for their animals and the land. Twelve county dairy princesses competed for the Princess Kay title. Rettmann represented Renville County. Selected as runners-up were Melissa Klein, 19, of Lake City, representing Wabasha County; and Melissa Euerle, 18, of Litchfield, representing Meeker County. The contestants selected Amy Joy Bengtson, 18, of Pine City, representing Pine County as Miss Congeniality. The Midwest Dairy Association - Minnesota Division also awarded scholarships to Christina Rettmann, Melissa Klein and Robyn Schnobrich, 18, of New Ulm representing Brown County. Rettmann, daughter of Paul and Laurie Rettmann, attends the University of Minnesota-Morris and is studying elementary education. One of Rettmann's first official duties as the new Princess Kay is to sit in a rotating cooler for several hours on the opening day of the Fair to have her likeness sculpted in a 90 pound block of butter. The other 11 contestants will also have their likenesses sculpted throughout the remaining days of the Fair. Fairgoers may view the butter sculpting in the Empire Commons building. Midwest Dairy Association - Minnesota Division sponsors the Princess Kay program. This year's 12 Princess Kay candidates were selected as finalists for the contest during a statewide competition held in May. Contestants are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills, personality and enthusiasm for dairy promotion. Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through advertising, marketing, nutrition education and research.
SOURCE Midwest Dairy Association