Princess Kay competition to feature two from Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR -- The next Princess Kay of the Milky Way just might be a dairy farmer's daughter from right here in Kandiyohi County.
Two young women, Emily Schueler of Raymond and Bethany Urban of rural New London, are among the 12 finalists to become the 56th Princess Kay, who will be crowned Wednesday and serve for the next year as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's 5,000 dairy farmers.
Schueler and Urban, both 20, are in their third year serving as Kandiyohi County dairy princesses.
The finalists were selected in May from a field of more than 70 county princesses. As finalists, both are guaranteed to sit in the butter sculpting booth in the Dairy Building for six to eight hours while their likeness will be carved in a 90-pound block of butter.
Both young women say they've a bit nervous about the upcoming coronation, but would proudly serve as the dairy industry's princess.
"To be an ambassador for this industry, I'd be very honored," Schueler said. "This is an amazing industry, and I believe in it. Not only are the products healthy and nutritious, but the people work hard to provide that product."
Schueler wants to use her outgoing spirit and public speaking ability to educate consumers about dairy products, both about where the products come from and how farmers care for their cattle, and to encourage young people to learn about agriculture and perhaps consider a career in the business.
Serving as a county princess, along with recent activities as a Princess Kay finalist, has prepared Urban for the possibility of being the industry ambassador, she says.
"Now, I feel really prepared," she said. "I know if I'd get to be Princess Kay, I'd be really good at it. I feel very comfortable talking to the public."
Schueler's family milks 60 Holstein and Milking Shorthorn cattle on a farm east of Raymond. Urban's father and uncle milk 65 Holsteins on their place north of Games Lake.
Urban, who graduated from KMS, attended Ridgewater College to complete her general classes and will begin classes at Southwest State University in Marshall this fall.
She wants to study biology or zoology, but isn't certain on what she wants to pursue in her career.
Schueler, a 2007 MACCRAY grad, was also recently crowned the National Milking Shorthorn queen.
She's just completed two associate's degrees in agricultural business and farm operations at Ridgewater College and is taking transfer credits in anticipation of attending either the University of Wisconsin at River Falls or South Dakota State University next fall.
She wants to study animal science or agricultural education.
The Kandiyohi County American Dairy Association is sponsoring a bus to the Princess Kay coronation in St. Paul. Seats are limited. Anyone wishing to ride the bus must call 320-599-4483 by Monday to reserve a seat.