69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned
Rachel Rynda is the daughter of Francis and Theresa Rynda, of Montgomery, Minnesota, and attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A 19-year-old college student from Le Sueur County was crowned the 69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way during a coronation ceremony on Wednesday night, the eve of the 2022 Minnesota State Fair.
Rachel Rynda is the daughter of Francis and Theresa Rynda, of Montgomery, and attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
For the next year, Rynda will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 2,100 Minnesota dairy farm families.
Ten county dairy princesses competed for the Princess Kay title at the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights.
Aly Dieball of Green Isle, representing Sibley County, and Kiley Lickfelt of Hutchinson, representing McLeod County, were selected as runners-up.
Briana Maus of Freeport, representing Stearns County, along with Lickfelt and Rynda were named scholarship winners. Rynda was also named Miss Congeniality.
Princess Kay candidates are judged on their knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills and enthusiasm. Midwest Dairy and its farmer members sponsor the pageant program.
Rynda’s first official duty as Princess Kay will be to sit in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building for nearly eight hours to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter on the first two days of the State Fair, which begins Thursday.
This year, butter sculptor Gerry Kulzer of Litchfield will be officially carving Princess Kay and the nine other finalists for the first time in a solo capacity. Longtime sculptor Linda Christensen retired last year on her 50th anniversary.
The other 2022 finalists are scheduled to have their likenesses sculpted as follows:
- Saturday, Aug. 27: Amber Post, Lake Wilson, representing Murray County
- Sunday, Aug. 28: Aly Dieball, Green Isle, representing Sibley County
- Monday, Aug. 29: Briana Maus, Freeport, representing Stearns County
- Tuesday, Aug. 30: Allison Wright, Hutchinson, representing McLeod County
- Wednesday, Aug. 31: Kallie Frericks, Albany, representing Stearns County
- Thursday, Sept. 1: Ashley Holst, Kellogg, representing Wabasha County
- Friday, Sept. 2: Hailey Frericks, Albany, representing Stearns County
- Saturday, Sept. 3: Kiley Lickfelt, Hutchinson, representing McLeod County
- Sunday, Sept. 4: Alex Christen, Sauk Centre, representing Stearns County
The State Fair concludes on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Princess Kay and the other finalists will make appearances throughout the State Fair near the butter sculpture booth in the Dairy Building and at the Moo Booth in the Dairy Barn.