69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way Crowned at State Fairgrounds

(ABC 6 News) – Rachel Rynda, a 19-year-old college student from Montgomery, Minnesota, representing Le Sueur County, was crowned the 69th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in a Wednesday evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Rynda will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for nearly 2,100 Minnesota dairy farm families.

Ten county dairy princesses from throughout Minnesota competed for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title.

She is the daughter of Francis and Theresa Rynda and attends University of Wisconsin River Falls.

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.

Throughout her year-long reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Rynda will make public appearances to help connect consumers to Minnesota’s dairy farm families. She will work to bring dairy to life through conversations, classroom visits and various speaking engagements.

Rynda’s first official duty as Princess Kay will be to sit in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building (located at the corner of Judson Avenue and Underwood Street) for nearly eight hours to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter the first two days of the Minnesota State Fair.

This year will mark the first year butter sculptor and Minnesota native Gerry Kulzer will be carving Princess Kay and the finalists in a solo capacity.

Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Rachel Rynda. Courtesy: Matt Addington / Midwest Dairy