Dairy Industry Crowns New Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Aug 25, 2004, 01:00 ET from Midwest Dairy Association

    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