Minnesota Dairy Industry Crowns 57th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Aug 25, 2010, 23:00 ET from Midwest Dairy Association

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Katie Miron, a 19-year-old college student from Hugo, was crowned the 57th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds August 25.

As Princess Kay, Miron, who represents Washington County, will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's nearly 4,700 dairy farmers. Katie is the daughter of Fran and Mary Ann Miron of Hugo, and attends the University of Minnesota, studying agricultural education. This marks the second time two people from the same family have been named Princess Kay: Miron's sister, Ann, was crowned Princess Kay in 2007.

Twelve county dairy princesses competed for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Katherine Holdvogt of Freeport, representing Stearns County, and Labecca Johnson of LaCrescent, representing Houston County, were selected as runners-up. Kelsie Trosen of Verndale, representing Wadena County, was named Miss Congeniality. Scholarships were awarded to Karen Anderson of Lester Prairie, representing McLeod County, Megan Herberg of St. Peter, representing Nicollet County, and Ashley Swenson of Nicollet, representing Nicollet County.

One of Miron's first duties as Princess Kay will be to sit in a rotating cooler for nearly eight hours on the opening day of the Minnesota State Fair to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter. Each of the 11 other finalists will have her likeness carved in butter during the fair, as well. Throughout her year-long reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Miron will make public appearances helping consumers make a connection with Minnesota dairy farm families who are dedicated to producing wholesome milk while caring for their animals and natural resources.

Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills, personality and enthusiasm for dairy promotion. The Midwest Dairy Association sponsors the Princess Kay program with funds provided by dairy farmers.

Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization that provides consumers with information about the nutrition and wholesomeness of dairy foods, and conducts research and promotional programs.

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SOURCE Midwest Dairy Association