Finalists named for 69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

After a three-year hiatus, dairy princesses from across Minnesota convened at the Dairy Promotion and Leadership Event held May 13-14 at Delta Hotel in Minneapolis. 

The weekend included opportunities for networking, leadership workshops and a chance to compete for a finalist spot for Princess Kay of the Milky Way. 

The workshop portion of the event offered princesses a chance to learn more about themselves and equipped them with tools to promote dairy. 

Additionally, they learned how to better advocate for the dairy community while networking with industry peers.  

“It was very exciting to see the participants at an in-person event where they learned how to improve themselves as an advocate for the dairy community,” stated Princess Committee Chair and dairy farmer Eric Sonnek. 

To compete as a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way, candidates submitted an application, participated in a personal interview, prepared and delivered a speech, and conducted a mock media interview. 

After these events, ten finalists were selected to compete for the title of Minnesota’s 69th  Princess Kay of the Milky Way, who will be crowned in August.  

The finalists include:  

20-year-old Alex Christen of Sauk Centre, representing Stearns county; daughter of Glen and Becky Christen. 

19-year-old Aly Dieball of Green Isle, representing Sibley County; daughter of Jim and Wendy Dieball.

19-year-old Hailey Frericks of Albany, representing Stearns county; daughter of Steve and Tammy Frericks.

19-year-old Kallie Frericks of Albany, representing Stearns county; daughter of Steve and Tammy Frericks.

20-year-old Ashley Holst of Kellogg, representing Wabasha county; daughter of Jary and Celene Holst. 

20-year-old Kiley Lickfelt of Hutchinson, representing McLeod county; daughter of Trudy Lickfelt and Ryan Lickfelt. 

18-year-old Briana Maus of Freeport, representing Stearns county; daughter of Darrel and Lisa Maus. 

19-year-old Amber Post of Lake Wilson, representing Murray county; daughter of Grant and April Post.

19-year-old Rachel Rynda of Montgomery, representing Le Sueur county; daughter of Francis and Theresa Rynda. 

19-year-old Allison Wright of Hutchinson, representing McLeod county; daughter of Paul and Heather Wright. 

These ten young women will have their likeness carved in butter during the 2022 Minnesota State Fair.  

Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm for promoting dairy.