Haler is runner up for Princess Kay
She may not have been named Princess Kay of the Milky Way, but as the runner up, Victoria Haler of Waconia will still have her likeness sculpted out of butter at this year’s Minnesota State Fair. The coronation was held at the fair on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
“The overall experience was once in a lifetime,” said Haler, who, along with Valerie Grimm of Waconia, represented Carver County in the program, which is sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Association with funds provided by dairy farmers.
“I was honored to stand on stage next to my other finalists; hearing my name as the first top three finalist was incredible,” said Haler, the daughter of Rick Haler and Connie Haasken. “Making it as far as top three at Princess Kay is an honor; there are so many wonderful girls that serve as dairy princesses and ambassadors across the state.”
Christine Reitsma, an 18-year-old college student from Sauk Centre, was crowned the 59th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Throughout her year-long reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Reitsma will make public appearances helping consumers make a connection with Minnesota dairy farm families who are dedicated to producing wholesome milk while caring for their animals and natural resources.
“I am proud to be part of a rich and unique tradition in Minnesota and cannot wait to share my story and continue promoting the dairy industry as a Carver County Dairy Princess and Princess Kay Finalist,” Haler added.
Princess Kay candidates are judged on their general knowledge of the dairy industry, communication skills, personality and enthusiasm for dairy promotion.
Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization that provides consumers with information about the nutrition and wholesomeness of dairy foods, and conducts research and promotional programs.