Dairy Building (F.M.A. Empire Commons), 1694 Judson Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota

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Dairy Building (F.M.A. Empire Commons)

Address: 1694 Judson Avenue
Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Historic Function: Exhibit Hall
Current Function: Exhibit Hall
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Concrete
Part of the Site: Minnesota State Fair

Falcon Heights Ramsey County

Princess Kay of the Milky Way is the title awarded to the winner of the state-wide Minnesota Dairy Princess Program, an annual pageant competition organized by the Midwest Dairy Association. During her one year term, the Princess Kay of the Milky Way serves as official good-will ambassador for the Minnesota dairy industry. The Princess is crowned every year at the Minnesota State Fair, and receives a scholarship. The crowning of Princess Kay annually garners state-wide as well as national media coverage.

The name "Princess Kay of the Milky Way" was selected from over 10,000 in a 1954 contest to name the Minnesota dairy princess. Pageant ProcessIndividual counties in Minnesota may select a Dairy Princesses at their county fairs, and these Princesses may then elect to participate in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way pageant competition. Of the over 100 contestants in the competition, twelve finalists are selected in the pageant, and are then required to take on public relations roles at the Minnesota State Fair. The crowned Princess Kay then makes numerous media and public appearances throughout the coming year on behalf of Minnesota dairy producers.

Contestants must be U.S. citizens, and their parents, guardians, or siblings must be actively involved in the production of dairy products. They must also have completed a high school education, be under the age of 24, and be unmarried with no children. Candidates are judged on "appearance, communication skills, general knowledge of the dairy industry, personality and enthusiasm for dairy promotion." One of the carved butter heads from the 2005 Minnesota State Fair Since 1965, sculptures of the winning Princess Kay and other finalists have been carved, one per day, at the Minnesota State Fair. Recent butter sculptures have been carved out of a 90 pound block of Grade A butter, in a walk-in, glass-walled refrigerator. The butter is manufactured by Associated Milk Producers, Inc., in New Ulm, Minnesota. The butter carving booth is one of the most popular exhibits at the Fair. The carving of the butter sculpture takes 6-8 hours per finalist. For the past 34 years, Linda Christensen has sculpted the Princesses' butter sculptures. Princesses take their butter sculpture home with them at the end of the Fair.

Dairy Building (F.M.A. Empire Commons), 1694 Judson Avenue, Falcon Heights, Minnesota
(44.978582° N, 93.172205° WLatitude: 44°58′42.895″N
Longitude: 93°10′19.938″W


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