Sauk Centre student crowned Princess Kay

August 24, 2012 by  

The 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way was crowned on August 22 during a ceremony held at the Minnesota State Fairground, situated between St Paul and Minneapolis.

Christine Reitsma, 18, lives at Sauk Centre and plans on attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Reitsma will be the ambassador for over 4,000 dairy farmers in Minnesota.

The Princess Kay of the Milky Way title attracted entries from a large number of County dairy princesses from all areas of Minnesota. Reitsma and two runners-up, Kelsey Mussman and Laura Rosenhammer, were awarded scholarships. The life of Princess Kay is not just all about glamor, however, as the first duty for Reitsma is to spend around six hours in a rotating cooler during Minnesota State Fair’s open day, while a sculpture of her likeness is created out of 90 pounds of butter. The other finalists will also spend time during the fair posing for a sculpted representation of themselves. Linda Christensen is the butter sculptor and has been carrying out her duties for the last 41 years.

Reitsma will reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way for 12 months, appearing in public to publicize Minnesota dairy farms and to ensure the public are aware of the care given to produce a high-quality produce, at the same time as ensuring their animals are cared for. In addition to marketing their farms with the help of Princess Kay, the farmers possibly use the services of a local printing company for marketing purposes.