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Christine Reitsma of Sauk Centre was crowned the 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way by 2011 Princess Kay Mary Zahurones as finalist Victoria Haler of Waconia watched.

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Princess Kay kicks off State Fair

  • August 23, 2012 - 7:09 AM

The 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way is Christine Reitsma, 18, of Sauk Centre, who was crowned Wednesday night during ceremonies at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Reitsma, the daughter of Paul and Carolyn Reitsma, is the first Princess Kay from Stearns County. One of her first duties will be to sit in the Dairy Building's rotating cooler for about six hours on Thursday, the fair's opening day, to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter.

All the finalists will have their likenesses carved during the fair by longtime butter sculptor Linda Christensen.

Princess Kay is chosen based on her knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills, personality and enthusiasm for dairy promotion, and she serves for a year as a goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's 4,000 dairy farmers.

Runners-up were Victoria Haler of Waconia and Kelsey Mussman of Claremont, who also was named Miss Congeniality.

The Midwest Dairy Association awards scholarships to some contestants, and this year's scholarship winners are Reitsma, Mussman and Laura Rosenhammer of Sleepy Eye.

Reitsma plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this fall, studying applied economics.

KIM ODE

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