Rebekka Paskewitz of Browerville is 2018 Princess Kay of the Milky Way

State Fair tradition dates back over 60 years

Susie Jones
August 23, 2018 - 8:43 am

One of the time-honored traditions of the Minnesota State Fair took place Wednesday night with the crowning of "Princess Kay of the Milky Way." 

20-year old Rebekka Paskewitz of Browerville in Todd County was crowned the official goodwill ambassador for the Minnesota Dairy industry. "I grew up watching my family, my cousins becoming dairy princesses," she said. "As a 9th grader, I started serving as an ambassador for our county dairy princesses and eventually got to the princess point where I could run for Princess Kay finalist and here I am."

Paskewitz will serve as the official ambassador for nearly 3,000 Minnesota dairy farm families. She is the daughter of Alan and Vicki Paskewitz, and attends the South Dakota State University, where she is pursuing a degree in agricultural education.

Twelve county dairy princesses from throughout Minnesota competed for the Princess Kay title. Blaize Dankers of Plainview, representing Wabasha County, and Korissa Lindquist of Kerkhoven, representing Kandiyohi County, were selected as runners-up.

Katherine Gathje of Richmond, representing Meeker County, Ashley Maus of Freeport, representing Stearns County and Julia Mullenbach of Rose Creek, representing Mower County were named scholarship winners. Lindquist was also named Miss Congeniality.

Throughout her year-long reign as Princess Kay, Paskewitz 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. 

She says she wants to use her platform to let folks know that farmers care, whether it be about the land, animals or people.

On Paskewitz’s first official duty as Princess Kay, she sat in a rotating cooler in the Dairy Building for nearly six hours while her likeness was sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter. 

This year marks butter sculptor Linda Christensen’s 47th year carving the Princess Kay of the Milky Way winner and finalists at the Minnesota State Fair.