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U of M student named Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Emily Annexstad, a 19-year-old college student from St. Peter, Minn., representing Nicollet County, second from left, was crowned the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way in an evening ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Wednesday, Aug. 23. Matt Addington / Special to Forum News Service

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—A 19-year-old University of Minnesota student from St. Peter on Wednesday was crowned the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

The Midwest Dairy Association selected Emily Annexstad, representing Nicollet County, from a field of 12 county dairy princesses during an Aug. 23 ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

Annexstad will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 dairy farm families in Minnesota.

She is the daughter of Rolf and Jean Annexstad and attends the U, where she is pursuing degrees in animal science and agricultural communications and marketing.

Jessaca Zuidema, representing Kandiyohi County, and Margaret Socha, representing Wright County, were selected as runners-up.

Quinci Scherber, representing Hennepin County, was named Miss Congeniality.

Annexstad and Zuidema were awarded scholarships, along with Samantha Traxler, representing Le Sueur County.

Annexstad's first official duty as Princess Kay comes Thursday, the first day of the state fair, when she will sit in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building for nearly six hours to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter.

The other 11 finalists will sit daily for butter sculptor Linda Christensen, who is marking her 46th year immortalizing the dairy princesses in butter.

They are scheduled as follows:

• Friday, Aug. 25: Margaret Socha, Corcoran, representing Wright County

• Saturday, Aug. 26: Abby Hopp, Chatfield, representing Fillmore County

• Sunday, Aug. 27: Rebecca Schubert, Rice, representing Benton County

• Monday, Aug. 28: Anna Broll, Chaska, representing Carver County

• Tuesday, Aug. 29: Samantha Traxler, Le Center, representing Le Sueur County

• Wednesday, Aug. 30: Madelin Lindahl, Lindstrom, representing Chisago County

• Thursday, Aug. 31: Quinci Scherber, Rogers, representing Hennepin County

• Friday, Sept. 1: Ashley Warren, Watkins, representing Meeker County

• Saturday, Sept. 2: Jessaca Zuidema, Blomkest, representing Kandiyohi County

• Sunday, Sept. 3: Shelby Campbell, Maple Lake, representing Wright County

• Monday, Sept. 4: Gina Holdvogt, New Munich, representing Stearns County.

Princess Kay's Facebook page ( will provide updates and photos of each completed butter sculpture.

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