It's a summer tradition, one that dates back to 1954, at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. The Princess Kay of the Milky Way competition is underway and has already narrowed the field down to the remaining 10 finalists. Southern Minnesota is well represented among the finalists as 4 hail from Southern Minnesota. Princess candidates from Le Center, Eyota, Byron, and Harmony. 

The 10 remaining finalists were picked at the 2019 Dairy Promotion and Leadership Event that took place last weekend in St. Cloud. The finalists are:

  • Kayla Biel, Harmony, daughter of Kevin and Kelly Biel, and representing Fillmore County;
  • Elizabeth Golombiecki, Morris, daughter of Julie Golombiecki and the late Ron Golombiecki, and representing Stevens County;
  • Donna Honer, St. Cloud, daughter of Scott and Toni Honer, and representing Stearns County;
  • Grace Jeurissen, Lester Prairie, daughter of Rick and Mindy Jeurissen, and representing McLeod County;
  • Elizabeth Krienke, Lester Prairie, daughter of Kraig and Rachelle Krienke, and representing McLeod County;
  • Amy Kyllo, Byron, daughter of Paul and Susan Kyllo, and representing Olmsted County;
  • Lexie Lange, Sherburn, daughter of Mark and Joanna Lange, and representing Martin County;
  • Rachel Paskewitz, Browerville, daughter of Alan and Vicki Paskewitz, and representing Todd County;
  • AnnaMarie Sachs, Eyota, daughter of Charlie and Carrie Sachs, and representing Olmsted County; and
  • Brittney Tiede, Le Center, daughter of Lloyd and Diane Tiede, and representing Le Sueur County.

Princess Kay is crowned each August the night before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair and will make appearances not only during the Fair’s 12-day run but all year long representing Minnesota's Dairy Farmers. All 10 finalists will have their likenesses carved into a block of butter during the State Fair.