Despite the heat to cancel many events across the state due to COVID-19, this butter won't melt. The tradition of coronation and carving will still happen, albeit via a live stream for non-family members during a private banquet according to a social media post from the Princess Kay of the Milky Way Facebook page.



The post from the Princess Kay of the Milky Way page states that the new princess will be crowned on August 12 at a banquet that features the current 10 candidates and their families. The post states "the coronation ceremony will be live-streamed through the Princess Kay Facebook page at 7:45 p.m. on August 12."

Along with the coronation, there will still be the butter carving of the new princess and the other finalists. The newly 'minted' princess will have the honor of being sculpted first the day following the coronation on Thursday, Aug. 13. The other finalists will be sculpted through Saturday, Aug. 22.

Due to COVID-19, no one will be able to come and watch the carving in person, but there will still be live updates each day via social media along with the chance to virtually ask questions and interact with Princess Kay and the finalists.

Another change due to COVID-19 is that the long-time butter sculptor Linda Christensen will not be traveling to Minnesota to sculpt this year. In her place will be Gerry Kulzer, who hails from Litchfield, and has learned from Christensen over the last few years about sculpting with the milk-based medium.

The finalists for Princess Kay this year are:

  • Emily Benrud, 20, of Goodhue, representing Goodhue County; daughter of Roger and Michelle Benrud
  • Brenna Connelly, 19, of Byron, representing Olmsted County; daughter of Craig and Heather Connelly
  • Mackenzie Craig, 19, of Alexandria, representing Douglas County; daughter of David and Wendy Craig
  • Emma Friauf, 19, of Glencoe, representing McLeod County; daughter of Wayne and Teri Friauf
  • Taylor Jerde, 20, of Northfield, representing Dakota County; daughter of Mike Jerde and Sarah Hallcock
  • Katherine Maus, 18, of Freeport, representing Stearns Country; daughter of Darrel and Lisa Maus
  • Maggie Meyer, 20, of Grove City, representing Meeker County; daughter of Greg and Patti Meyer
  • Maggie Molitor, 17, of Rockville, representing Stearns County; daughter of Joe Molitor
  • Valerie Sauder, 20, of Pine Island, representing Dodge County; daughter of Stan and Amy Sauder
  • Rebeckah Schroeder, 20, of Caledonia, representing Houston County; daughter of Daniel and Sheila Schroeder

Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm for promoting dairy. Midwest Dairy sponsors the Princess Kay of the Milky Way program, which is funded by dairy farmers through their promotion checkoff.

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