Who is Princess Kay?

“Who is Princess Kay?” was certainly a question on a lot of people’s minds last night.  This is why: the 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, who serves as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota’s dairy industry, was crowned last night at 9:30 as the official kick-off to the Minnesota State Fair (which I blogged about earlier here).  And oh, is it suspenseful?  If you were following #MNPrincessKay on your Twitter, you certainly felt that way!


The beautiful and unforgettable 60th Princess Kay of the Milky Way, MarJenna McWilliam.

Among 12 finalists, MarJenna McWilliam was crowned Princess Kay.  Her duties began immediately.  She breezed through her first set of media interviews.  You simply have to check out this video from the Star Tribune to understand how natural it is for her to promote the importance of consuming dairy, as well as tell personal farm experiences that relate how farmers care for their cows.


If you are a young boy in Minnesota, you probably collect baseball cards. However, if you are a dairy farmer’s daughter, you collect Dairy Princess cards.

Today, MarJenna’s likeness is being carved by Linda Christensen, who has been skillfully turning 90-pound blocks of butter into ‘butterheads” for over 40 years.  That is commitment!

To see some photos of some butterheads, head to the Dairy Building at the Minnesota State Fair.  Or, if that isn’t an option, see some at Princess Kay’s page on Wikipedia.

If you have any questions on the Princess Kay of the Milky Way program, please feel free to ask.  It is a tradition that dairy farmers across the state are so proud to relate.  Lastly, if you get a chance to meet MarJenna at the State Fair, an event like Breakfast on the Farm, or as part of her numerous school visits, please take advantage of it.  She is a truly remarkable lady.


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